The trade union Fórsa has sanctioned a ballot for industrial action in about a dozen State-funded voluntary organisations that provide health and social services over pay restoration. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The trade union Fórsa has sanctioned a ballot for industrial action in about a dozen State-funded voluntary organisations that provide health and soci(...)

It can be hard to get a price for a coffin, but one made of less expensive wood with a flat lid and plain sides will be less costly. File photograph: The Irish Times

We don’t talk about death enough, a third of Irish people say. More women than men think that, according to an Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) survey. (...)

Many charities have been forced to cancel parts of their fundraising programme this year and are running alternative events that comply with social distancing rules.

Charities operating in Ireland are among the many sectors struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many have been forced to cancel k(...)

Chris White (right), CEO of the  NCBI, speaks to demonstrators at the strike on Whitworth Road in Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Further strike action by workers in State-funded organisations providing health and social services is inevitable unless they receive restoration of p(...)

Fórse general secretary Kevin Callinan: ‘Section 39 workers were forced to organise and to threaten action to get a hearing. Modest progress was recorded. A process was agreed. Again the government failed to deliver last year.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Staff in nearly a dozen State-funded organisations providing health and social services are to go on strike on Friday of next week, February 21st, in (...)

LearnChinese.ie is hiring teachers directly from China to teach Mandarin in Irish children . Pictured are (from left) O’Donovan girls Alexandra (9), Claudia (5), Teacher YuSyuan Chen and Allegra (7). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chinese is the most-spoken language in the world, but its presence in Irish education has generally been peripheral. From September 2020, however, th(...)

Ethan O’Brien and Luke McLoughlin at the results of an art competition for  the International Day of People with Disabilities. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Rising insurance costs are among a number of issues threatening the future survival of disability organisations providing vital services to tens of th(...)

Cork University Hospital consultants: ‘We’ve had a lot of resignations.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/File

The worsening consultant recruitment and retention crisis is particularly acute at Cork University Hospital (CUH) due to years of failure by Cork poli(...)

Greek philosopher Socrates claimed the unexamined life is not worth living.

In a programme on RTÉ One television being shown tonight, Trinity College philosopher Dr Robert Grant makes the case for teaching philosophy in school(...)

Given its focus on transforming its branches into digital outlets, BoI is looking to help those who can’t cope.

Bank of Ireland has created a new unit aimed at helping vulnerable customers in difficult circumstances. The move comes as the incidence of financial (...)

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