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Childcare costs are keeping women out of the workforce,  a new report finds, with families typically spending about 12 per cent of their disposable income on care for a child of three.

Women are being shut out of the workplace by the high cost of childcare in Ireland, a new study has found. Parents with one child aged three typicall(...)

COLIN GLEESON People living in urban areas are more likely to face barriers to social inclusion, according to new research published by the Economic (...)

Construction at the Lidl site in Jobstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

On the morning after the Lidl on Fortunestown Lane in Jobstown, Co Dublin, was broken into and looted last March, Solidarity councillor Brian Leech wa(...)

 Cllr Michael O’Brien with Laura Penrose during a Yes canvass in Donaghmede. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Engagement on the Eighth Amendment referendum was varied on the doorsteps in two areas of north Dublin in the past week. There appeared to be a much g(...)

From left: Iyasu GerberMichael , Elena Leinik, Lyuba Moore and Nadia Altameemi at the Clondalkin Intercultural Centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two centres in west Dublin delivering support services to migrants for over a decade face closure at the end of May after funding was stopped by the D(...)

Catholic Church representatives say principals need to know and engage with religious education programmes in State schools. Photograph: Getty Images

The Catholic Church has raised concerns in meetings with State education officials that religion is “slipping off the agenda” in their schools. In a (...)

 Mick Wallace at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke

The chief executive of a charity received a salary that accounted for more than 10 per cent of the organisation’s total expenditure, the Dáil was told(...)

Families and children from Dolphin House protest at the loss of a site  off the South Circular Road.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Families in one of the most deprived areas of the State say their local authority has “grabbed” a third of their children’s play area, and handed it t(...)

The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter  shows increased litter levels in Dublin city centre and in disadvantaged areas of Galway, Limerick and Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cities and towns are getting cleaner, but the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) shows increased litter levels in Du(...)

Rosie Hanrahan who was found dead at her home at New Road, Thomondgate. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

A garda technical examination of the home of a 78-year-old Limerick woman, who was found murdered in her terraced bungalow last week, was completed on(...)

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