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Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

The BPFI has warned  that the rising cost of building materials due to the pandemic and Brexit, could further aggravate affordability issues in the market.Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

JD Sports has agreed the letting of a new logistics facility in Dublin to fulfil its online orders and minimise the disruptions to its business from Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Sophie Carey, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Becoming more digitally literate among the positives of studying during Covid

Activity in the Irish housebuilding sector bounced back strongly last month following the lifting of Covid-related restrictions on residential construction. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

The lower earnings growth and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on young workers reflects the fact that they are more likely to work in retail and hospitality. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Financial advisors say cashing in on your pension at an early stage should be a measure of last resort, but essential funds are sometimes needed. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Dermot Desmond, operating through his Tireragh vehicle, agreed last summer to provide an additional €10 million credit line to Datalex, payable on the same date.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

One Canadian based reader has complained to The Irish Times of being hit with a charge of CA$17 (€11.33) per pension payment

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Moneypoint will  be the location for the ESB’s first move into green hydrogen production. File photograph: Neil Warner

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Major global banks, including Credit Suisse, are preparing to be hit with billions of dollars in losses after after the US hedge fund Archegos Capital defaulted on margin calls last week. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

PTSB sold the loans to US banking giant Citigroup late last year. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Samsung has partnered with drone delivery company Manna to deliver new Galaxy devices to Irish customers

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Over a third of Irish businesses have been targeted by fraudsters in the past 12 months, according to a survey by Bank of Ireland

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Davy said on Monday evening it had closed its bond desk, resulting in four redundancies. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

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A selection of popular MBA courses in universities and colleges

How to fund an MBA: A full list of all prizes and bursaries is available from each of the institutes’ websites and from individual departments.

Awards, scholarships and grants are available to help fund your masters or PhD

Danish retalier Jysk has criticised the Government’s construction shutdown, saying it will hamper its growth plans in Ireland.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Pillow Queens: Sarah Corcoran, Pamela Connolly, Cathy McGuinness and Rachel Lyons

Irish rock band personally booked by CBS talkshow host, who ‘absolutely loves’ the group

Christmas ice-cream cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

Paul Flynn, Aoife Noonan, Lilly Higgins and more plan the festive feast

The main known cause of fire attended by brigades last year was chimneys/flues/soot/hot ashes. Photograph: iStock

State’s chimney fires higher than other countries due to turf and timber burning

Some 90% of people say they have a fire alarm, says Seán Hogan of the National Directorate of Fire and Emergency management team. However, they have to be put in the right places. Photograph: iStock

Half of deaths over 65 years of age and two-thirds men – fire brigade data

The Oscars Café Bar said it is now offering regulars the chance to suspend the meal in lieu of receiving unwanted food.

Oscars Café Bar had earlier offered customers option of charity donation in bid to stop food waste

A doorman gives directions to a pedestrians wearing a face mask-due  along a busy shopping street in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Letterkenny, Co Donegal records highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus

Milford in Co Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases in the State. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases are found in number of Donegal areas

People queue outside shops wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Ballyjamesduff electoral area has highest 14-day incidence rate in State at five times national rate

Taking a few minutes each day to exercise or practise yoga can help relieve stress. Photograph: iStock

Grad Week: Support for staff is key as uncertainty and stress can take a toll on mental health

Construction and science and engineering are among the areas identified as havving skills shortages in the State. Photograph: iStock.

Solas is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating FET programmes while other bodies deliver courses and training

Last year, 38,000 primary students and 68,000 post-primary students used the School Transport Scheme. File photograph

Latest public health advice states students should maintain safe distance while on buses

President Michael D Higgins presents the new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

New Cabinet younger on average than outgoing one, with no members older than 60

The ASTI says it has concerns relating to the professional integrity of teachers and school leaders. Photograph: iStock

Joe McHugh denies new Leaving Cert system will see some students being unfairly graded

Oisín Carson (5) and Isabella Fayeun (6) standing near a Covid-19 notice near an outdoor gym that has been closed due to coronavirus restrictions in Athy, County Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Both Westmeath and Dublin rates significantly higher than rest of State

A Masters of Business Administration is a valuable qualification in terms of career advancement. Photograph: iStock

We take a look at some of the many MBA courses available in Ireland’s universities and business schools

Taking on a masters while working will be a reality for many students. While it can be a challenge, it is very possible to balance(...)

For students hoping to begin a postgraduate next year, now is a good time to begin researching. Photograph: iStock/Getty

There are a wide variety of funding opportunities available to those seeking to expand their education

The 1,322 safety camera zones in an updated list only account for 4.6% of the national road network yet they are the location for 76% of all fatalities. Photograph: Getty Images

Garda rating system reveals the 20 stretches of road where most collisions occur are all in Dublin

Mary Lou McDonald makes front of Financial Times while Guardian warns observers not to misread result

Voters of the future: Pupils at Mount Anville National School on Lower Kilmacud Road, south Dublin holding a mock election on Friday morning.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Under 35s cohort is down 10% since 2011, a trend that could influence marginal seats

There are 1,400 degree courses taught through English around Europe with the majority of them in the Netherlands, which is the number one destination for Irish students, with Poland, Denmark, Italy and Germany also popular. Photograph: Getty

As numbers of students choosing to study abroad increase, we look at the options

Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts from 110 to 130km/h. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Status orange warning in place for south and northwest with possibility of coastal flooding

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Areas with newer builds have a higher proportion of A-rated homes. Photograph: courtesy of Construct Ireland

Just 5% of BER-assessed homes in the State have A-rating, most of them in Dublin

Whole School Evaluation (WSE) reports present a rounded picture of what schools have to offer.

Parents can get a good sense of the quality of teaching, learning, management and leadership in a school

The ‘right’ school choice is the one that’s right for your child. It all comes down to a number of different elements, such as subject choice, ethos, and facilities. Photograph: iStock

What you should consider when thinking about what secondary school will best meet the needs of your child

Max Arthur Macauliffe,  the eldest in a family of 11, grew up in Co Limerick.

Max Arthur Macauliffe is considered the most significant western figure in the history of Sikhism

Open days provide you with an opportunity to gauge the atmosphere, location  and services of your potential place of learning.

No better way to weigh up your study options than by visiting the campuses and facilities

National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG).

Life on campus: what Ireland’s universities and colleges have to offer

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What Ireland’s IoTs have to offer, when open days take place and more

Brexit contingency fund: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced a Brexit package of €1.2 billion with a number of specific measures in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Free dental care for under 6s, Help-to-Buy extended, more SNAs and teachers to be hired

Allowing workers to be flexible in their hours or work from home may help with greater productivity, employee happiness and create greater goodwill towards the company. Photograph: iStock

What you need to bear in mind to make sure you end up in the best possible working environment

“With so many opportunities available, it’s important you have a look at what you really want to be doing and go there first and see how it goes . . . There is no need to be applying for every role there is.” Photograph: iStock

What graduates should keep in mind to ensure they end up in the right job

CSO senior statistician Brian Ring: ‘People don’t realise how much data comes from the household surveys.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Statistics office moves to improve public engagement with household surveys

Currently, there are more than 16,000 apprentices and almost 6,000 employers involved in 47 apprenticeships. Photograph: iStock

Data shows that people who leave FET at level 5 or 6 either progress to higher education or go straight into employment

On Saturdays, just 5 per cent of Garda stations are closed but this jumps on Sundays when almost 30 per cent of stations are closed.

Just over a fifth of all stations are now open for 24 hours, analysis shows

‘Students normally form a study group to decide who is going to read what and then share back with the group key points of what the different readings were.’ Photograph: iStock ‘Students normally form a study group to decide who is going to read what and then share back with the group key points of what the different readings were.’ Photograph: iStock

What you need to do to make sure you do well at third-level

The European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

We examine attendance, questions, work on debates and committees

Over the weekend, Catholic bishops said the referendum’s objective ‘is not to support marriage, rather to liberalise divorce’. File photograph: Getty

Analysis for 2000-2017 reveals county comes out top from national total of almost 4,000

To apply for a divorce, couples must be living apart for four of the five previous years and the upcoming referendum will ask voters if they wish to remove this condition or keep it in the constitution. Photograph: iStock

Dublin previously had highest rate of divorce applications in country from 2010 to 2014

Participants  in the Darkness Into Light event in Clontarf. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pieta House fundraiser took place in 202 venues across 19 countries in five continents

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on at the White House in 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of countries visited by the Government has increased sevenfold since 2011

For students hoping to begin a postgraduate in the 2020-21 academic year, now is a good time to begin researching.

Awards, scholarships and grants are all available to help with your masters or PhD

With most women needing more than one pack and many also needing painkillers a woman’s 13 periods cost more than €100 per year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Initiatives provide free pads and tampons for those who cannot afford the essentials

Help is available for those who cannot afford a third-level course. Photograph: iStock

Many students receive financial help but preparation is key when it comes to securing the correct level of funding

DCU is expanding rapidly. Recent developments include a new state-of-the-art student centre which combines facilities for social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What the country’s top universities have to offer

Students at fee-paying colleges benefit from smaller class sizes. Photograph: iStock

Life on campus: Institutions around the country offer a diverse range of course options for prospective students

Ireland’s institutes of technology offer a wide range of science, technology and engineering courses. Photograph: iStock

Life on campus: here is what the country’s IoTs have to offer

The Curran family, two weeks before Joann died. Photograph: David Curran

For newly widowed people coping with shock and heartbreak, an online forum provides understanding, support and encouragement

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

Housing, health, property and environmental groups react to the budget

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe presents Budget 2019 outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe announces increase in tourism VAT rate, tweaks to USC, €5 increase in welfare

Workplace wellness initiatives include exercise classes and gym passes. Photograph: iStock

Employees are looking to companies for provision of workplace wellness initiatives

The provision of fruit, social zones and quiet spaces are becoming more common in the Irish workplace. Photograph: iStock

International companies raise employee expectations of what a modern office should look like

While traditional apprenticeships such as motor mechanics, carpentry and construction continue, the variety of apprenticeships being offered has expanded into areas where traditionally they would not have been offered. Photograph: iStock

Skills shortages identified include science, engineering, ICT, construction, healthcare and business and finance

Limerick Suicide Watch volunteers Michele Hill and Christy Keyes on patrol beside the river Shannon in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke, Press 22

The group, which patrols the river Shannon, says it has saved 180 lives since 2016

The ACP said said it encouraged people to find out what exactly they are being asked to vote for, and what the consequences of their vote may be. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests says unmarried, childless men should not be ‘dogmatic’

There is frost in many areas this morning which may linger in parts of the northwest and midlands in particular.

Temperatures to range from 2 to 7 degrees; heavy rain expected on Tuesday

Johnstown Road, Rathcoole. Photograph: Google Street View

Crash took place at Johnstown Road in Rathcoole, Dublin at 7.30am

Crash occurred on  Drumcondra Road Upper between the junctions of Griffith Avenue and Homefarm Road. Source: Google Street View

Man (19) taken to the Mater hospital following early morning incident

A beach on Inis Meáin. Source: Google Street View

Postmortem is being carried out on body found on Inis Meáin on Friday evening

With over 2,300 inmates in 1850, Spike Island was by far the largest prison in the United Kingdom as it was then constituted.

Former prison site wins at World Travel Awards described as “Oscars” of the travel industry

Swedish scientist Eve Ekeblad’s 293rd birthday marked with potato-themed doodle

Justin Bieber onstage at the RDS last night on the Dublin leg of his Purpose Tour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There wasn’t a disappointed Belieber  at The RDS

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party tries to exchange a high five with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at the UK general election counting centre in Islington, London. Photograph: Darren Staples

From presidential debates to sporting victories, here’s a few other high-fives gone awry

Dublin Bus  sign showing out of service notice due to secondary picketing during  unoffiicial strike by transport workers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

From ‘absolutely disgraceful’ to support for the picketers, here is how Twitter reacted

From ‘IRA terrorist’ to ‘peacemaker’: McGuinness’s death made front page news at home and in Britain

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The youngest child to die at the home was just 10 minutes old, the oldest was nine years

The latest CSO figures show there are 198,000 empty homes, excluding holiday homes in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Pat Doyle says tax could yield an extra €20 million per annum to the State

Tonya McEvoy was in her 30s. Photograph: Facebook

Tonya McEvoy was on training ride with Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club on Sunday

Irene Sheridan, a professor of electronic engineering, and her daughter Alison O’Shea, who is working in the same field. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/ Provision

New report says Irish mothers and fathers are directing their daughters away from the field

The Government’s Action Plan for Rural Ireland was set out in Ballymahon, Co Longford, by  Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Jobs, health, transport and increasing garda numbers among key actions in the plan

Leaving Cert student  Carla Warde, from Foxford, Co Mayo and fifth-year pupil Ciaran Flanagan, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, who enjoy coding and have received awards for their coding projects. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Policymakers may still be talking about coding – but these pupils are forging ahead

The woman was treated by emergency services at the scene before being taken by air ambulance to St James’s Hospital.

Woman was involved in collision on the N2 at Clonavogy on Saturday afternoon

Tallaght Hospital has the biggest emergency department in the country. Photograph: David Sleator

Hospital has experienced ‘sustained pressure’ over past week due to increased ED numbers

Gardaí at the scene in Drumcondra where a 36-year-old woman was stabbed as she walked home from work by another woman who demanded her handbag. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Woman (33) has been charged after 36-year-old was stabbed and mugged

Photograph: Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Iarnrod Eireann will run alternativ timetables over the Christmas period. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Irish Ferries cancels six sailings for Friday due to ‘adverse weather conditions’

Gavan Hennigan will set off  on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Wednesday. Photograph: James Hearne/Digifluidproductions

Gavan Hennigan aims to row 5,500km under 50 days to beat Sean McGowan’s 2010 record

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