Paudie Woodlock, at the Tipperary Cheese Company, Twomileborris, Co Tipperary. What started out as a part-time work placement turned into a full-time job. Photograph: John D Kelly

Paudie Woodlock hadn’t finished school, but he’d already mapped out his career. Before the ink was dry on his last Leaving Cert test, he’d start wo(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: “We inherited an economy which was losing 90,000 jobs a year, but we are now seeing that the plan which we put in place is having an impact.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The numbers at work grew for the third successive quarter in the first three months of the year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). On (...)