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Not so long ago, the term “intellectual” qualified as a dirty word. It was used to dismiss people who challenged established orthodoxies. One o(...)

 Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: too early for any discussion of easing the tax burden for middle-income earners in the next budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two senior Labour Party Ministers have said it is premature to anticipate tax concessions for middle-income earners in October’s budget. (...)

 Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore: talk of concessions for middle income earners “speculative”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has described any discussion of easing austeriety for middle income taxpayers as "purely speculative. " Speaking a(...)

Labour Minister Joan Burton:  said at the weekend she believed that Ireland had “reached its limits of austerity” and that ordinary people were “shouldering too much of the burden”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government intends to make a major concession to middle-income taxpayers in the October budget as part of a strategy to de(...)

President Michael D Higgins has called for a fresh start to be made  now, in the midst of the financial crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People need to make a fresh start based on ethics, the President has told a conference, adding a new and fairer society would not automatically(...)

Sam Norris (14) who  helps with the caring of his sister Demi Norris.

Sam Norris only turns 15 next week but already he has big responsibilities. He helps his mother Antoinette in caring for two siblings, one of w(...)

Jennifer Akandu (16), Owen Brennan (18), Unicef executive director Peter Power, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Clara Barry (16), at the launch this week of Unicef’s Report Card 11 on child wellbeing in rich countries. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Our children have the 10th highest sense of wellbeing in a league of 29 industrialised countries? Well, that’s something to be thankful for, bu(...)

Research finds causes related to illness and disease, especially cancer, accounted for more than 25 per cent of all donations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

The majority of Irish people still donate to charity on a regular basis despite the squeeze on household income, according to new research. The(...)

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