The survey shows that seven in 10 students say they have to take part-time jobs to offset third level costs while more than a third skip lectures to work.   Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a sharp increase in the number of third-level students living at home as a result of a spike in rental costs, according to a new survey(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.  “Now that the boom keeps getting boomier and the property market is in full-on freak-out mode, it is time for our political leaders, as the great man famously put it, to ‘start throwing white elephants and red herrings at each other’.” File photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Welcome back, Bertie. Now that the boom keeps getting boomier and the property market is in full-on freak-out mode, it is time for our political leade(...)

Early education is theoretically “free” in this State, but parents have to pay for schoolbooks and materials, along with uniforms and footwear. Limited, special allowances are available to poorer families but “voluntary” school contributions and educational trips add to financial pressure. File photograph: Getty Images

Anything that makes education harder to access for families under financial pressure should receive urgent Government attention. Unfortunately, that h(...)

Of those parents in debt, more than a quarter say they have turned to a moneylender in an effort to cope with back-to-school costs.

Rising numbers of parents say they are falling into debt in order to cover back-to-school costs . An annual school-costs survey commissioned by the I(...)

The High Court in Dublin: The identity of the loans purchaser was not revealed in court. Photograph: iStock

Mallow Credit Union is poised to buy the loans due to defunct Charleville Credit Union following a court ruling on Friday. The High Court appointed l(...)

A portrait of the late Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, set up at Dundalk Garda station in the days after his killing in January 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Detectives in the United States have appealed to members of the Irish community in Boston, Massachusetts, to come forward with information they may ha(...)

Chief Supt Christy Mangan (left) and Supt Gerry Curley making an appeal at Dundalk Garda station on the fifth anniversary of the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Deborah McAleese/PA Wire

Some of the men who murdered Det Garda Adrian Donohoe five years ago have left the country, a senior officer leading the investigation into the killin(...)

The speed with which liquidators took over Charleville Credit Union caused shock in the north Co Cork town. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

It was around noon last Friday that the liquidators and their staff arrived at the offices of Charleville Credit Union in the north Co Cork town. It t(...)

Liquidators have been appointed to Charleville credit union, after an application to the High Court by the Central Bank. Photograph:  Liam Burke Press 22

The High Court has appointed provisional liquidators to a Co Cork credit union that has been in a distressed financial position for a number of years.(...)

Aedín Andrews (20), a zoology student at Trinity College Dublin. ‘Education isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. We have got to start making it more affordable and accessible.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election manifesto pledge is crystal clear: free school books for all children and a primary school system free of any charge or contribution. So(...)

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