Paul Healy, chief executive of Skillnet Ireland: “We must promote the uniquely human skills of strategic thinking, leadership, commercial awareness, collaboration, communicating and influencing, forming relationships.”

Ireland runs the risk of becoming a two-speed economy if current productivity trends continue into the future. One of the key underlying factors causi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

“Failure to invest now in third level will place an entire generation of students and the future of this country at a serious disadvantage.” Photograph: iStock

Thirty years after the abolition of college tuition fees, just one in seven young people in the country’s most disadvantaged areas progress to higher (...)