The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a general right of access to records held by public bodies and also provides that records should be released unless they are found to be exempt. File photograph: Getty

Nearly 37,000 freedom of information requests were made to public bodies last year, an 8.5 per cent increase on the previous year. The figure also re(...)

Poet Patrick Kavanagh, who died in 1967.

A further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are being available to the public online from Tuesday. Accessibl(...)

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  in her Fitzwilliam Square offices. Dixon wants to extend her role into a second five-year term when her current one ends in September “to continue out the work that we have started”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rarely have four letters caused such dread. GDPR – the EU law designed to give people more control over their personal data in the internet age – cele(...)

Margaret O’Connor in her trademark fedora

Two years ago milliner Margaret O’Connor was unemployed but she had a great reputation and a string of international accolades to her name. Now she h(...)

Uber and Deliveroo have come to symbolise the gig economy worker. Photograph: Getty Images

New rules from Brussels, approved on Tuesday, promise more transparent and predictable working conditions for gig economy workers – those who work a f(...)

Deliveroo said its workers don’t fall under the scope of this new directive as genuinely self-employed workers are not covered. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Gig economy workers will benefit from greater protections after Brussels approved a new set of rules. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) appro(...)

Some residents in asylum centres also receive exceptional needs payments, which are made towards clothing costs, transport costs and child-related items such as buggies

The weekly allowance payment for asylum seekers living in direct provision is set to rise by €17.20 for adults and €8.20 for children from Monday. Ad(...)

 Kate Tobin, who   is living with multiple sclerosis,  at her home in Clonroche, Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A bed-bound terminally ill woman says she can’t afford to travel to doctors who are keeping her alive because of the cost of taxi fares. Kate Tobin ((...)

Aviva’s operating profits increased by 4 per cent to €63 million. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Aviva Ireland’s operating profits rose by 15 per cent last year to €113 million, driven by its life business following the purchase of Friends First i(...)

The report found lone parents in the Republic were almost five times more likely to experience in-work poverty than other households with children, with 84 per cent of lone parents saying they were unable to meet unexpected expenses. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The poverty rate among Ireland’s working lone parents more than doubled in just five years from 2012 with their living standards now among the worst i(...)

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