Children who start to fall behind can be drawn into a vicious circle of alienation, low expectations and discouragement. Photograph: iStock

As we surface from the first wave of the pandemic, we can see in front of us a great recession. It is, however, not a crisis in which the State is hel(...)

After the 2008 financial crisis, children in Ireland suffered the worst outcomes on all poverty measures.  Photograph: Frank Miller

More than one-fifth of children could be left living in poverty in Ireland if the economy fails to recover swiftly from the Covid-19 pandemic, a study(...)

Owner Dannielle Downes at the Foxy Chopper hair salon in Waterford city: “The world is slightly different. It’s a new era.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Dannielle Downes has thought of almost everything ahead of the reopening of Foxy Chopper hair salon on Gladstone Street in Waterford. A dedicated hand(...)

Younger, less-educated people in lower-paid jobs are exposed, while many older, better-paid folk are protected. File photograph: Provision

We are in a recession, all right, but nothing like we have ever seen before. Leo Varadkar was right when he said during the week that this would be th(...)

Based on current trajectories, Ireland will fail to meet key 2030 targets on reducing CO2, according to an ESRI analysis. Photograph: iStock

Economy-wide CO2 emissions are expected to decrease by 9.5 per cent this year arising from the coronavirus pandemic, according to analysis by the Econ(...)

Redundancies will be the biggest cause of income loss in the months ahead, but a loss in pay, bonuses, overtime and working hours will also hit incomes in many areas of the private sector. Photograph: iStock

Publications from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the Revenue Commissioners give new information on what people are earning and where the(...)

Researchers at the Central European Institute of Technology in the Czech Republicworking in BSL3 (biosafety level 3) labs, where they are isolating RNA from human samples that could be infected with Covid-19.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for research has perhaps never been so evident. Faced with an unknown enemy, we are relying on rese(...)

Shoppers return to Dublin city centre. Photograph: Tom Honan

The last four months have seen the greatest upheaval for Irish consumers in modern times. Almost overnight everything changed in the middle of March a(...)

Generation Covid: (from left) Jack o'Neill, Megan Atkinson and Daniel Airey


There was   much greater reliance on phone-based communication – such as WhatsApp – for some classes in disadvantaged schools. Photograph: iStock

School closures have had a much more severe impact on students’ learning and motivation in disadvantaged secondary schools, a new ESRI study indicates(...)

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