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The only explanation for schools who consistently seem to perform at over the 100 per cent participation rate in CAO college courses is that some of their students are being counted twice. Photograph: iStock

Falling numbers of students taking the Leaving Cert in certain schools affect perceived progression rates to college in an unexpected way. There are(...)

Lack of investment in mental health services is hitting the poorest households hardest,  report finds. Photograph: iStock

Two-thirds of people living in the most deprived areas of west Dublin are reporting mental health issues compared with just over half in less deprived(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Parents in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area of Dublin are paying up to €308 per week for one child in full-time day-care, new figures reveal. The Dublin s(...)

The biggest threat to sustainable growth of services would appear to be staff recruitment. Photograph Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Substantial growth in formalised, centre-based childcare is reflected in the latest profile report of the early-years sector, with a 9 per cent rise i(...)

Crime and discrimination was experienced by people from 22 ethnic backgrounds, according to the report. File photograph: Getty Images

There is a continuing steady rise in violent race crime reported by the public, a report on racist incidents and behaviour has found. It also identif(...)

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(...)

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