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The gathering heard that student career decisions are made on the basis, more or less, on what their mother tells them, not their father. File photograph: Getty Images

Mothers are the single biggest influence on students choosing their career options even though they may be out of touch with developments in work and (...)

Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Carbon tax will have to increase substantially – from €100 per person a year to €1,500 a year – if Ireland is to meet legally-binding targets on reduc(...)

The buzz is back on Grafton Street. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Sarah O’Connell graduated in June 2011 with a degree in renewable energy, the only relevant work she could find was through a JobBridge placemen(...)

Stephen Donnelly: he gave an  explanation on what distinguishes the two big parties using his dealings with former minister for finance Michael Noonan as a template

After a typically eloquent oration on the need for more strategic, long-term thinking to deal with Brexit and other economic challenges at the annual (...)

The proposals for deepening economic and monetary union within the euro zone  were discussed by the Cabinet after a briefing from Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney

Corporation tax harmonisation plans across the euro zone pose a bigger threat to Ireland than the departure of the UK from the European Union, the hea(...)

Glenville’s Ciaran McDonnell with his son Senan after their defeat at Shamrock Rovers. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 0 Shelbourne 3 Shelbourne cruised into the second round of the FAI Senior Cup when inflicting a first home defeat on SSE Airtricity First D(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe arrives for a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

A decade ago, a recently-appointed senator commissioned a study from the Oireachtas research service which estimated that every journey on the Metro N(...)

Pension coverage, particularly in the private sector, is low

The Citizens’ Assembly has called for an end to mandatory retirement from the workforce. The overwhelming vote of the 100-strong group – along with su(...)

Prof Liam Delaney, Dr Micheal Collins and Alan Barrett at the Citizens Assembly gathering at Malahide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Freeing up equity from homes and redirecting State funds from private pension tax breaks to public pensions were among the issues discussed by the Cit(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish men receive an average of 41 per cent more than women in their pension payments, the Citizens’ Assembly will hear today. Emily Logan, chief com(...)

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