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German ambassador Dr Eckhard Lubkemeier, who today said austerity is not an impediment to growth. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Austerity, or the consolidation of public and private budgets, is not an impediment to growth, the German ambassador to Ireland has said.He said one o(...)

Public Accounts Committee  chairman John McGuinness: “Having an opinion is not in itself a sacking offence.” Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fine Gael group on the Public Accounts Committee has indicated it will not seek the removal of the committee’s chairman John McGuinness followin(...)

Health authorities cut funding for a training and advice service which provided support to thousands of childminders earlier this year, despite rec(...)

A student at Marian College Sandymount commences the English exam earlier this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There have been at least three errors in Leaving Cert maths papers at higher and ordinary level taken by students on Monday and last Friday. The body (...)

The Central Bank said there has been a small increase in the amount of money being lent by licenced money lenders.

RONAN McGREEVY The St Vincent de Paul has called on the Central Bank to publish how much money is being lent by licenced money lenders and the cost of(...)

Survivors of the Magdalene laundries have described as ’utterly pointless’ a reported recommendation that there should be a reconciliation forum between them and the religious orders who ran the institutions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The

Survivors of the Magdalene laundries have described as “utterly pointless” a reported recommendation that there should be a reconciliation forum betwe(...)

Me, myself and I: Miriam O’Callaghan was a rare female voice in RTÉ radio’s mostly male line-up

With the next decade hosting the centenaries of such traumatically violent upheavals as the Easter Rising and the Civil War at home, and the first Wor(...)

Wicklow beaches: nesting terns have to be fenced off. Illustration: Michael Viney

Airy as spindrift, sharp as knives, they flicker beyond the third wave in flashes of white light, plunge-diving for sand eels. Their courtship is an a(...)

Dublin City Council, which Owen Keegan was this week appointed to head, is hugely overmanned, with 5,700 staff for a population of 577,000 in the city. Photograph: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Twenty years ago when Owen Keegan was appointed as assistant city manager in charge of housing with Dublin Corporation (as it then was), you could alm(...)

The Association of Childhood Professionals has called for an initial statutory minimum requirement for all childhood professionals

High rates of staff turnover in childcare settings are unsustainable, it was claimed today.The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) called for(...)

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