Hard to swallow: The  Green Party school dinner policy is launched at Kevin Thornton’s restaurant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At a glance, the Green Party idea that every student in the State should get at least one hot meal during the school day, as part of a campaign aimed (...)

Students living outside the home will spend an average of €1,033 a month compared with an average monthly spend of €474 for those living at home. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of parents who say they will have to support college-going children next year has risen sharply, according to a new survey. Some 94 per ce(...)

Liam O’Dwyer: he has also served as the national director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former chief executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions Liam O’Dwyer has been appointed the new secretary general of the Irish Red Cross (IRC). (...)

The cost of sending a child to secondary school has climbed by more than five times the rate of general inflation and is now just under €800, according to a survey to be published by Barnardos on Tuesday.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The cost of sending a child to secondary school has climbed by more than five times the rate of inflation and is now just under €800, according to (...)

Credit unions are keen to provide more direct competition with banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Having run a consultation exercise on its proposals for new regulatory requirements for the credit union sector, the Central Bank has now published it(...)

Credit unions said on Friday that the new regulations place “unwarranted restrictions” on credit unions, and send out a message that may cause “reputational damage” to the movement. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

Credit unions across the country have criticised the publication of new regulations by the Central Bank on Friday morning, arguing that they will res(...)

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Of all the changes wrought by the financial crisis and the subsequent advent of austerity, the introduction of a broad range of banking charges may(...)

‘Politicians need to stop reminding us how important education is and start investing in it,’ says June Tinsley of Barnardos. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every year for the guts of a decade, a back-to-school piece has appeared on the Pricewatch page, and every year we have highlighted how our “free” (...)

All told, 81 per cent of parents of schoolgoing children said sending their children back to school in September would be a significant financial burden, with 32 per cent saying they would be likely to get into debt to cover the cost. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The average cost of sending a child to a non-fee paying primary school in the coming school year will top €800, while the cost of a “free” education i(...)

When law student Sinead Davies was anointed a scholar at Trinity College in April on the basis of her second term exam results, her first reaction (...)