Fr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said there were several areas where Ireland was ‘seriously underperforming’ when it came to meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Ireland is lagging behind other European countries when it come to meeting a series of United Nations’ targets, particularly when it comes to combatti(...)

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Carmel Harrington author of 'Cold Feet – The Lost Years'

Novelist Carmel Harrington left a career in sales for Aer Lingus and 3M to write full-time and has six books to her name including the recently publis(...)

Central Bank in Dublin: the economy, society and environment were assessed by Social Justice Ireland

Ireland is making “poor progress” in the economy, society and environment compared to other EU countries, according to a study by Social Justice Irela(...)

Canvassing for a No vote in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum were  Moira Morrissey (left) and Eileen Barry  in Ballycahill, Tipperary.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

There has not been a single viewing of a No bus crisscrossing the country. You don’t see any No or “Níl” badges adorning lapels, or swathes of enthusi(...)

Socrates with Athena looking over his shoulder in Athens

In a bid to push beyond “common sense”, The Irish Times explores important ideas of the past, present and future through conversations with different (...)

Collectable philosophers: cards for the thinking classroom. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

If philosophy had been on the curriculum 30 years ago, would we be in the same mess we’re in today? It’s a tantalising thought and the very sort of “w(...)