Once you hit 65, you might find that you will be exempt from income tax altogether.

If “many years from now” has abruptly become imminent, how your finances are going to fare in retirement is probably on your mind. But while there may(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: ‘The vast majority of our schools don’t have kitchens and we’re not going to retrofit all of the schools that don’t but there are other ways that we can do this’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Free hot meals could be made available to every school in the country under a plan to be proposed by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty. M(...)

In total, 55,652 fathers have availed of paternity benefit since the programme’s inception in September 2016. Photograph: iStock

Only about 40 per cent of men who have just become fathers are availing of paternity benefit, new figures released by the Department of Social Protect(...)

Almost 400,000 are employed in Ireland’s public sector. That includes the civil and public services as well as commercial and non-commercial semi-State bodies and covers almost every possible job type from archaeologist to zoologist. Photograph: iStock

Almost 400,000 people are employed in Ireland’s public sector. That includes the civil and public services as well as commercial and non-commercial se(...)

 Flowers and a memorial on Balbriggan Beach pictured this afternoon, where the body of an infant baby girl, ‘Belle’ was discovered at the weekend. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

The baby girl whose body was found on a beach in Balbriggan in north Co Dublin at the weekend was stillborn, a postmortem has found. Gardaí are due (...)

Jess Kenny, homeless liaison nurse at the Mater Hospital,  with service user Jim Cleary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jim Cleary says the appointment in January of homeless liaison nurse Jess Kenny at the Mater Hospital in Dublin “changed” his life. Originally from W(...)

The Mater hospital  treats about 1,200 HIV patients, at an average cost of €8,000-€10,000 a year for their medication., Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A row over patient confidentiality between the Health Service Executive and the Mater hospital in Dublin led to the withholding of millions of euro in(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty on illness benefit delays: “We have not been covered in glory the past few weeks.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has apologised to illness benefit recipients who did not receive their payment this week. She says that(...)

The nursing home had complained of arrears which at one stage were some €28,000 but had been cut to about €10,150. Her care costs are €350 weekly, plus €46 expenses to meet hairdressing and other needs, it said.

The president of the High Court has refused to permit a private nursing home discharge an elderly woman from its premises because of arrears in meetin(...)

 Laura Kenna (35), of no fixed abode,  has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to attempting to murder a woman in Dublin  last year. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A woman on trial for slicing a civil servant’s throat told gardaí­ she was standing on the street “picking a victim” and that, shortly before the atta(...)

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