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The decline in inequality was driven by strong employment growth over the period – the 2008 financial crisis being an exception – and the State’s progressive tax and benefit system.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Republic appears to be one the few developed countries that has avoided an increase in income inequality over the past three decades, according to(...)

The situation for young people in the labour market is compounded by higher housing costs fuelled ‘by rapidly rising rents’, according to the research

A combination of stagnant wages and higher housing costs have left young workers in Ireland financially worse off than their parents, according to a s(...)

Rozanna Purcell at Diamond Hill, in Connemara National Park, Galway

What better way to get active again than taking to the highways and byways of Ireland’s hills and mountains? Rozanna Purcell, author and creator of(...)

Trócaire says ‘the number of boxes sent to each parish has been reduced by up to 50 per cent’ this year. File photograph: Kim Haughton

Irish charity Trócaire has urged the public to continue supporting its “life-saving work” as its inability to distribute as many collection boxes due (...)

The Irish Emergency Alliance says it can save on costs by sharing resources during appeals.

Trócaire, the Catholic bishops’ overseas development agency, has joined forces with six other major Irish aid agencies as a member of the Irish Emerge(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) during a meeting at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Germany and Scotland have announced that their respective Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place until at least mid-February. As of Tuesday eveni(...)

“Millions of people who may have been earning less than $1 a day before the pandemic are now earning nothing at all.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Trócaire has warned that over 270 million people around the world are facing a Christmas of hunger due to drought and Covid-19 restrictions. It has (...)

Fisherman Michael Cavanagh at Greencastle Port in Co Donegal: the small fishing harbour faces a unique Brexit problem. Photograph: Joe Dunne

The Irish fishing industry is bracing itself for thousands of job losses as Brexit talks limp on with no sign of a breakthrough on the future of fishe(...)

The Department of Health said the vaccine stocks it purchases via the European Commission will be required to meet ‘rigorous international safety standards’.

Health officials are developing a public communications strategy ahead of the roll out of a Covid-19 vaccination programme, amid concerns that public (...)

 The GAA Handball alley at Croke Park is being used as a HSE Covid test centre for the public. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some Covid-19 infections could be missed through poor technique when patients are being swabbed for a test, new Irish research suggests*. With Covid-(...)

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