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Despite the reforms of recent years, the OECD says further structural reform is needed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish people will need to work longer and save more if they are to enjoy a reasonable standard of living in retirement, according to a new repo(...)

Public servants should move away from the current final salary pension scheme and all private sector workers should be forced to invest in private (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin is expected to bring forward proposals on how the proposed €300 million savings in public service pay will be realised. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Staff in the public service would face big changes to pension arrangements under fresh proposals recommended by the Org(...)

In 1868 Frances Power Cobbe, an Irish writer and social reformer, wrote a paper called Criminals, idiots, women an(...)

 Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: Ireland and Israel spend considerably more time on religious instruction than any other OECD countries.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time devoted to religious instruction in primary schools and (...)

The research found 86 per cent of children in Ireland were happy with their lives, while there was also a “significant decline” in the number of those smoking and more modest declines in drinking and teenage pregnancy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ireland has been named the 10th best place in the world for children to grow up among a list of developed countries, ranking a(...)

People enjoying Irish Aid’s Africa Day.

Ireland joined Greece, Spain and Italy in reducing its overseas development aid budget in 2012, cutting its spend by 5.8 per c(...)

Ibec says the provision of additional resources for major crime investigations, such as trained and experienced former gardaí, should be looked at as part of an outsourcing programme. Photograph: Getty Images

employers’ group Ibec has recommended. In a new report it says the Government should given serious consideration to the potential (...)

It was initially scheduled to be finished by the end of 2012, but the Department of Social Protection has yet to reveal when its review of Irel(...)

At Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue in New York an engagement ring costing $1 million or more can be bought on the second floor.

There is no breakfast at Tiffany’s, on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York. But you can buy an engagement ring for $1 million up on the se(...)

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