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Demand for home help hours is likely to increase as the population ages in Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Means-tested payments from wealthier older people towards the cost of home help would make such services sustainable for an ageing population, the Gov(...)

Many families are not taking up medical cards even though they are entitled to them, research shows

Families who are entitled to a medical card but don’t avail of the option spend nearly €500 more on private health insurance than those who do, accord(...)

People eating outside in Two Boys Brew cafe in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

A new report has found that 95 per cent of Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) recipients would be financially better off in employment. However, the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Low-income families will benefit most from measures outlined in Budget 2021 earlier this week, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute(...)

The ESRI has previously said the Government’s decision to hold personal and employee tax credits fixed while wages and prices rise ‘amounted to an effective tax increase for many workers’.

Inflation-proofing tax and welfare changes in the budget would cost the Government an additional €1.2 billion, a new study has indicated. The researc(...)

Residential landlords paid tax on just 59 per cent of their rental income in 2016, claiming total deductions of some €1 billion

Meetings between Minister for Communications Denis Naughten and David McCourt, the lead bidder for the Government’s National Broadband Plan, worth in (...)

One measure that was widely expected in the budget but did not materialise was an increase in the carbon tax. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

What was the combined effect of Tuesday’s budget measures, taken as a whole, on households? Ultimately, it depends on what we take as the appropriate (...)

ESRI research published last year shows the importance of having a Leaving Certificate or a higher qualification in reducing the risk of a young person becoming either unemployed or failing to take up training or further education, has been heightened since the economic crisis. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of young people in Ireland without work and who did not take up training or go into further education jumped during the recession and remai(...)

Within couples, women experienced sharper falls in disposable income than men across all income groups, according to an ESRI report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Women who are married or co-habiting have been hit significantly harder by Government austerity policies than their male counterparts, new research(...)

The research shows that  between 2009 and 2014, the greatest losses were those suffered by the highest 10 per cent of household income.

The austerity budgets of the 2009 to 2014 period hit high-income households hardest, a report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI(...)