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Paschal Donohoe: the Minister framed his budget around cuts in the Universal Social Charge and an increase in the standard rate income tax band. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government was careful not to oversell Budget 2018 as a giveaway and with good reason. A study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI(...)

Interestingly, more than 21 per cent of the successful students holding medical cards who achieved close to 600 CAO points are new Irish, born throughout the four corners of the planet

Each year, the tables show very large numbers of college-going students came from schools in socially advantaged communities. These students tend to o(...)

Andrea Riseborough: “She leaned in and said: ‘You just look so totally different.’ That’s my f**king job, mate. I wonder if she would say that to a man.” Photograph: Cindy Ord/SCAD/Getty Images

Andrea Riseborough is animated. She’s not exactly angry. But she has a point to make. “I was having a conversation with somebody today,” she says. “L(...)

Sharon Jones (centre) with the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones died on November 18th, 2016 and the world became a few shades less funky. Jones had the kind of voice that could instantly warm your bloo(...)

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

Bette Davis in  ‘All About Eve’

It’s hard to know what the word “cult hit” means any more. By the time such a thing gets written about in newspapers it is invariably too popular to w(...)

The headquarters of Glencore International in Switzerland. Photograph: Bloomberg

On the night of September 6th, 2015, Juliette Kenyala awoke to the crunch of heavy vehicles rolling across the red dirt and coming to a halt outside h(...)

Minister of State Helen McEntee and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael presidential dinner. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government may penalise the banks if they do not compensate customers wrongly moved off tracker mortgages. Speaki(...)

Leader of the house Andrea Leadsom told the Commons the government would listen to MPs’ concerns but would not halt the roll-out of universal credit. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Last February, when Leo Varadkar was still minister for social protection, he came to London to meet his British counterpart, Damian Green. The two me(...)

Dermot McCarthy, Teagasc, presenting the award for Agrifood to Jack O’Connor and Declan O’Connor from BHSL. Photograoh: Conor McCabe Photography

A pioneering antimicrobial coating that kills 99.99 per cent of harmful bugs such as MRSA, has earned young Dublin company Kastus the overall Innovati(...)

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