“Longer term, our financial goal is to sustainably cover our costs, with any surplus generated to be re-cycled into further supports for SMEs,” SBCI chief executive, Nick Ashmore, said. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Lending from the State-owned Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) slowed in the second half of last year by 74 per cent as its total lendin(...)

Torture is impermissible in Europe, according to the European Convention on Human rights, signed in 1953 and now adhered to by the 47 members of the C(...)

 John Coolahan, a pivotal figure in Irish education policy for more than 50 years,  has died. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Professor John Coolahan, a pivotal figure in Irish education policy for more than 50 years, has died. He was an academic, a researcher, an author, a(...)

Labour exploitation has overtaken sexual exploitation as the most common form of trafficking, and experts at the Council of Europe warn that official figures underestimate the scale of the problem. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Trafficking: a vile trade

Human trafficking, and the slave-like conditions that accompany it, are on the rise in Europe. For the unfortunate individuals involved, labour exploi(...)

Migrant workers are particularly at risk of exploitation, according to a report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The “modern-day slavery” of human trafficking is rapidly spreading into the labour market, with migrants in the Irish fishing industry still at risk o(...)

Research demonstrates that many young people value the place of religious education in schools. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about religious education. Last month, Minister for Education Richard Bruton published a circular setting out new arrangements for c(...)

Prof Niall O’Donohoe: wise, resourceful  and  compassionate

Those who knew the late Prof Niall O’Donohoe in recent years will recall a softly spoken polymath, a kindly grandfather figure and an incorrigible rom(...)

Air Canada:  in recognising its environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions

Air Canada has been named the eco-airline of the year in Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2018 annual achievement awards. In recognising Air Canada’s envir(...)

Director of Women’s Aid Margaret Martin, businesswoman Norah Casey and TV presenter Bláthnaid Treacy launch  #TooIntoYou campaign. Photograph: Paul Sharp/ SHARPPIX

For most people, Valentine’s day is a time for love, romance and affection. However, for the one in five women experiencing abuse in their relationshi(...)

The Council of Europe has called Ireland’s social services “manifestly inadequate”, including a failure to guarantee access to health services. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Daughter Number Two finally had the tonsils out. In the last couple of years the frequency of trips to the doctor had increased, and nearly every time(...)

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