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Ghillie and boatmaker Frank Costello: ‘I used to have a few of my own clients but over the years I have been busier with people from the hotel and when that closed that was pretty much it.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ashford Castle is known for its service, sprawling grounds and well-heeled guests. But it is more than just a swanky hotel. For almost a century, it h(...)

Joanna Ngwa, Faith O’Brien, Bobbie Comerford and Jacob Murray, senior infants pupils at Knockmore junior school,  holding postcards appealing to Minister Heather Humphreys for hot lunches. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

Campaigners are calling for a massive expansion in the free hot school-meals programme saying the exclusion of thousands of children, even in the poor(...)

A new baby doesn’t mean your personal finances have to be on a cliff-edge. Photograph: iStock

So, you’re having a baby? That means life is going to change and your personal finances will have to change too. Babies cost money but, if you plan ri(...)

Sheriff Street Lower, in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Residents, community activists and youth workers all agree that a sense of increased drug-related violence, threat and intimidation in recent month(...)

A family carer can nominate two people who will step into their caring role in the event of an emergency. Photograph: iStock

Cared-for vulnerable people will be looked after if their family carer experiences an unexpected illness or accident, under a new scheme being launche(...)

Plans for the review, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021, will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to initiate a wide-ranging review of the “fragmented” childcare sector that will pave the way for the introduction of a new childcar(...)

Three-quarters of parents say back-to-school costs are a financial burden, according to a survey last year by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

Parenting while working from home in a pandemic has been fun. But with any luck, this 18-week long play date is coming to an end, as children return t(...)

Household deposits rose by €3bn  in April, followed by growth of €1.5bn  in May, according to Central Bank figures. That is the biggest increase since records began in 2003

Our reaction to shock is fight, flight or freeze, psychologists say. When it comes to our spending, the pandemic’s upending of life as we know it has (...)

Early Childhood Ireland says major questions over costs will arise due to potential measures that would fundamentally change how childcare facilities function. Photograph: iStock

The Government must issue guidelines on how creches can adapt to coronavirus by early next month if the sector has any chance of opening on time, a re(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid pictured on Sunday. HSE has proposed that staff experiencing childcare difficulties could be offered a range of flexible and working arrangements. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA

Healthcare staff will have to pay € 90 per week for childcare to facilitate them going to work under a new Government scheme. Minister for Children K(...)

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