John Donovan: “I did away with all the trappings in life; you name it, I got rid of it.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish readers of the New York Times could not quite believe a man would shoot and grill pigeons to survive the recession but John Donovan only d(...)

Firstcom first served: Dan Silverlock at his new job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports of Ireland’s unemployment level reaching its lowest level for more than three years has been greeted as further evidence that the economy is s(...)

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients. A number of TDs and non-governmental organisat(...)

A file image of people queuing outside the Bishop Street Social Welfare Office in Dublin. The latest CSO Live Register figures show a continuing decline in the numbers claiming welfare benefits. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ireland’s unemployment rate continued to fall during the month of October, dipping below the 400,000 mark for the first time in four years but still “(...)

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed says there is a perception thatanybody who is unemployed is entitled to all benefits. Photograph: Frank Miller

Just 11 per cent of people on jobseekers’ allowance also receive rent supplement, the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) has stated.(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the live register figures provided concrete proof the Government “was making progress in getting people back to work”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European Central Bank is widely expected to keep interest rates at a record low of 0.5 per cent when its governing council meets today, amid ten(...)

INOU coordinator John Stewart, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and INOU chairwoman Ann Fergus. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) has warned against any cuts to the primary rate of social welfare.Speaking at an event attend(...)