The average age of mothers in Ireland is now 32.9 years. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The fall in the Irish birth rate disclosed in the latest Central Statistics Office yearbook is a mixed blessing. In the short term it may mean less pr(...)

Jamie Baker  and Keighley Kierans, who married in a humanist ceremony on Friday  in a hotel in Co Meath. Photograph: James Forde

Keighley Kierans (31) from Drogheda, Co Louth, married her partner Jamie Baker (41) from London in a humanist ceremony yesterday in a hotel in Co Meat(...)

Use of cloud computing to save files such as pictures, music, videos and documents, is on the increase, according to a CSO survey. File photograph: PA Wire

The vast majority of Irish homes are now connected to the internet either through fixed line or mobile broadband although the number who have never be(...)

Last year 61,016 babies were born in the Republic, the lowest figure since 2002.

People living in Ireland are having significantly fewer children compared to a decade ago despite Ireland’s thriving economy, the Central Statistics O(...)

The carcass of a dead camel in Nayuu, northern Kenya. Pastoralist people are seeing their animals perish because of a lack of water and grazing due to the prolonged drought. Photograph: David O’Hare/Trócaire

Violent storms, droughts and wildfires regularly hit our news screens but the effect that climate change is having on our health, and how that will im(...)

Crosscare report said those who return to Ireland in crisis generally face a great deal of stress and physical and psychological burnout.  File  photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

More protection is needed for emigrants returning to Ireland in vulnerable circumstances such as domestic violence, homelessness and illness, a new re(...)

According to new data from the Central Statistics Office, in the year to September  there  were decreases in the cost of communications, which fell by 6.7 per cent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Consumer prices rose just under 1 per cent in the year to September, new data from the Central Statistics Office showed. That compared to 0.7 per ce(...)

New car sales figures reflect the gradual shift to greener motoring. Photograph:  Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

Electric and hybrid vehicles now account for more than 10 per cent of car sales in the Republic. Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show 107,686(...)

Costs of servicing the debt pile are considerable, €60bn in interest over the past decade.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Whatever way you look at it, at €215 billion, Ireland’s national debt is massive and leaves us dangerously exposed if the global economy dips into rec(...)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Workplace discrimination against people with disabilities is “persistent, pernicious and prevalent in Ireland,” the head of the Irish Human Rights and(...)

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