The decline in inequality was driven by strong employment growth over the period – the 2008 financial crisis being an exception – and the State’s progressive tax and benefit system.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Republic appears to be one the few developed countries that has avoided an increase in income inequality over the past three decades, according to(...)

The Economic Social and Research Institute study revealed that 44% of people received some sort of housing transfer such as rent supplement or electricity allowance. File photograph: Getty

Welfare payments related to childcare, health and housing are associated with lower rates of poverty and deprivation, particularly among vulnerable fa(...)

Minister of State Pat Breen said an ageing population requires supportive actions in order to enable people “to make an active contribution to society and working life”. Photograph: iStock

The Government needs to ensure there is access for everyone to “life-long learning and upskilling” in order to meet the challenges of digitalisation, (...)

Professionals tend to leave the workforce earlier, due to their access to higher pensions and greater financial security.

Ireland’s workforce is getting older, according to a new Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) study. Back in 1998, just one in 10 workers was(...)

A recent ESRI study revealed that Irish women’s weekly income, at an average of €280, is €153 less than a man’s average in retirement. File photograph: Getty

Women will benefit from pension reforms being examined by the Government that seek to reverse the disparity between men’s and women’s incomes after re(...)

‘Child benefit is paid to mothers, this does not protect them from personally experiencing deprivation. Photograph: iStock

In 1977, the UK’s Labour government decided that child benefit would be paid to mothers, rather than, as previously, to fathers. This change reflected(...)

The research from the ESRI and commissioned by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, uses data from a 2016 survey of over 5,000 households and 13,000 individuals Photograph: iStock

Lower-class parents are twice as likely to have unmet childcare needs as middle and higher-class parents, according to new research. Just under a qua(...)

The ESRI report into the educational experience of children with disabilities identifies an apparent gap in resources at primary and secondary level for children with emotional, psychological and mental health problems. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Children with emotional or mental health difficulties are at much greater risk of absenteeism from school and isolation from their peers, according to(...)