Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: spokeswoman  says the measure is used when a customer refuses or fails to engage with activation measures. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 14,000 people have had their welfare benefits cut by up to €44 for refusing to take up job or training offers. New figures released by the(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces a battle to contain a rebellion in his Syriza party should he agree a three-day deadline to adopt austerity measures and keep Greece in the euro.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg 1:30

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces an uphill struggle to prevent a rebellion in the Syriza party if he accepts a deadline by Wednesday to adopt(...)

German finance minister  Wolfgang Schäuble  arrives at  a euro group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on the fate of Greece, on July 11th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters 1:30

The meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussel has adjourned for the night without a final decision on opening talks with Greece on a third bai(...)

Paul Young, the co-founder of Cartoon Salon which has received Oscar nominations for Secret of Kells and Songs of the Sea

With Oscar nominations for Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, Cartoon Saloon is part of an exciting new wave of Irish animation fuelled, according t(...)

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace was just 10 years old when she learned her best lesson about human feelings. She and her cousin Breda were having a giggle about a neig(...)

Courses in the further education and training (FET) sector are to be measured against “performance-based outcomes” under a new funding model to be pil(...)

Fawzieh Amiri with her daughters Dema and Kajal. They are all members of the Kurdish community in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

The Kurdish community knew they belonged when the shops in Carrick on Shannon closed their doors and local people lined the streets after the death of(...)

13 Pembroke Row: three-storey modern office block with 843sq m (9,074sq ft) of space and 10 car-parking spaces

An office block with medium-term development potential adjoining LinkedIn’s planned new headquarters just off Baggot Street in Dublin 2 is fresh to th(...)

Former Fás building at Upper Baggot Street in Dublin: To be leased to Bank of Ireland instead of Twitter. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans by Twitter to move its European headquarters to a building at Upper Baggot Street in Dublin 4 have had to be dropped following a legal hiccup be(...)