An audit by the Revenue Commissioners in late 2013 concluded that spousal travel costs should be treated as a benefit-in-kind and taxed accordingly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State body which replaced Fás does not believe it has any prospect of legally recouping controversial travel expenses for the spouses of senior of(...)

The use of Fás’s credit card to pay over $900 for a three-ball golf match at Orlando Florida Grand Cypress Resort Golf was defended as “developing relationships”. Photograph: Getty Images

If there was a moment which crystallised public outrage over State officials’ sense of entitlement and disregard for taxpayers’ money, it came on the (...)

Philip (43) has been in recovery and using methadone for the past 15 years. He says he would welcome any alternative which could help his rehabilitation. Photograph: The Irish Times

The first thing Philip (43) does each morning after waking up is to reach for a plastic bottle with green liquid. “It’s sweet, a bit like cough medici(...)

In demand: theatre and other specialist nurses are in short supply. Photograph: Stockvisual/Getty

Each year further education and training provides a gateway to employment for thousands of people who may have left school early or who have been unem(...)

Showing how it’s done: Martin Waters, Nicky Sheehan and Billy Cowming of Dungarvan Men’s Shed demonstrate

What do learners in the adult and further education sector want? The sector is diverse, encompassing everything from local courses tailored to the (...)

Ministerial action: Richard Bruton claimed the Action Plan for Jobs could help create 25,000 jobs in the southeast over the next five years. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so (...)

Billy Walsh: has overseen spectacular success for Irish boxers in his years as head coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Given how cheaply and meekly the Irish State surrendered its sovereign status in recent years, it really should be no surprise that this sorry mess of(...)

Mature student: Fatema Sadeqi (23) took Leaving Cert exams in physics and chemistry as part of the Vocational Training and Opportunity Scheme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

While the Leaving Cert is a given for many young students, many others take the road less travelled to their exams. Fatema Sadeqi (23) and Seán O’Co(...)

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(...)