Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar arriving at the pre-budget forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A young man who said he was living on €7 a day was among those who questioned Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at a pre-budget forum in Du(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said offering free courses to jobseekers as part of the Springboard scheme  reflected the Government’s commitment to deliver a step change in our capacity to educate, develop and retain talent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Thousands of free third level courses in IT and financial services will be available this year under an initiative aimed at giving jobseekers new skil(...)

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) is “struggling” to cope with demand for its services after it received 9,000 contacts from pe(...)

Barely a day goes by without a senior Government minister launching yet another national jobs plan that seeks to get people back to work. It’s easy(...)

The People’s Conversation: a new vision for active citizenship. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

‘This is a talking shop,” says Ryan Meade, programme leader with the People’s Conversation. He’s unapologetic about this. The idea is that providin(...)

Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

John Donovan: “I did away with all the trappings in life; you name it, I got rid of it.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish readers of the New York Times could not quite believe a man would shoot and grill pigeons to survive the recession but John Donovan only d(...)

Firstcom first served: Dan Silverlock at his new job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports of Ireland’s unemployment level reaching its lowest level for more than three years has been greeted as further evidence that the economy is s(...)

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients. A number of TDs and non-governmental organisat(...)

A file image of people queuing outside the Bishop Street Social Welfare Office in Dublin. The latest CSO Live Register figures show a continuing decline in the numbers claiming welfare benefits. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ireland’s unemployment rate continued to fall during the month of October, dipping below the 400,000 mark for the first time in four years but still “(...)

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