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‘All my life since I was a child I knew there was something a bit different about me. I always wanted to leave my hair long and loved the idea of having earrings and jewellery but I never knew anything about transgender,’ said Erica. Photograph: iStock

A 65-year-old north Cork farmer has spoken of her surprise and delight at the hugely positive response she received after telling how she has started (...)

Crowds make their way along Grafton Street following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coronavirus has delivered shockwaves to a retail market already under pressure. The lockdowns across Europe brought economies to a standstill with the(...)

Debenhams staff protested outside a number of Bank of Ireland branches on Friday as part of their campaign to obtain redundancy pay for more than 1,000 workers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Debenhams workers protested on Friday outside premises owned by one of the parent company’s shareholders, Bank of Ireland. Former workers at the comp(...)

Shops have reopened but these are uncertain, unusual times for consumers and retailers alike. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Looking at video clips of queues outside popular shops like Ikea and Penneys, observers could be forgiven for thinking that the retail sector is thriv(...)

Debenhams staff protest outside the company’s store on Henry Street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Former Debenhams workers fear there will be a “Clerys II” unless staff are given a redundancy deal by the company. Debenhams Retail Ireland announce(...)

Debenhams on Henry Street, Dublin

The High Court has granted two landlords of Debenhams Irish stores permission to bring proceedings against the retailer’s Irish arm. The actions are (...)

There are a group of firms which will only be viable in a return to something like the “old” normal – many pubs, for example. We don’t know whether the “new” normal is  temporary or  semi-permanent. Photograph: David Sleator

There will be a lot of challenging roles in the next cabinet. Perhaps the toughest will be minister for jobs, or whatever grand title is given to that(...)

The Mothercare shop at the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin will be one of 14 outlets not to reopen. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mothercare’s retail business in the Republic is being placed into liquidation with the family that owns the franchise here citing the “unprecedented” (...)

With economic activity coming to a shuddering halt and major employers   announcing they will not reopen, there are huge fears here for employment. Photograph: iStock

Innovative thinking, agility and speed of response are key characteristics required to successfully deal with the challenges of coronavirus. A new ta(...)

 Supporters attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As soon as it became clear just how big the Black Lives Matter protest was in Dublin on Monday a divisive conversation began. Many people questioned (...)

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