Enjoying the opening of the FOA Schwarz Toy store at Arnotts: Some 6,500 families visited Santa in Arnotts, a record for the store. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arnotts and Brown Thomas recorded a 7 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, with footfall in both department stores increasing over th(...)

“Rent and transport are the biggest costs facing students but, in terms of their college week, they could potentially get through it with as little as €10.” Photograph: iStock

During Leaving Cert results week last year, Minister for Education Joe McHugh caused controversy when he suggested families who could not afford unive(...)

Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Cafe Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin with one of his compostable coffee cups. In November Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton launches a public consultation on levies on single-use coffee cups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

JANUARY New Central Bank rules aimed at helping consumers save money on their mortgage repayments and making mortgage switching easier come into effe(...)

St Iberius Church,  Wexford, the site of a four-day Christmas fast. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

Wexford’s Church of Ireland rector Rev Arthur Minion and Catholic parish administrator Fr Aodhán Marken won’t be sampling any mince pies in the lead-u(...)

Growing up in the Cold: Children in the private-rented sector twice as likely to experience energy poverty as those in owner-occupied homes. File photograph: Getty

More than 140,000 children are living in homes that are cold and damp, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Growing Up in the Cold dispat(...)

(L TO R) Kieran Stafford, SVP national president & Bernie Hogan, President of St Michan’s Conference,during an unveiling by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) of a plaque where the first meeting of the Society was held in Dublin 175 years ago on Charles Street West, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A plaque marking the place where the Society of St Vincent de Paul first met in Ireland, 175 years ago, was unveiled in Dublin on Sunday. The foundin(...)

Ryan Tubridy was at the SVP Christmas appeal where he expressed his disgust at 4,000 homeless children: ‘It is not right and it is not fair.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Escalating rents are increasing demands for the services of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) despite the improving economy, the charity has sta(...)

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy  meets children from St Joseph’s Primary School in Tipperary during the Society of St Vincent de Paul annual appeal launch in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

RTÉ’s highest-paid presenter Ryan Tubridy said he would “not be found wanting” if asked to take another pay cut. Mr Tubridy, who earned €495,000 in (...)

The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

Young people who demonstrate leadership, judgment, courage, empathy, and tolerance will be the beacons of their generation. Photograph: iStock

It was a promise to publish a list of the country’s 400 very best post-primary schools in a recent promo for a recent Sunday broadsheet newspaper that(...)

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