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Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he says  the “affordability gap” for housing will not be  bridged by the levelling off of prices  alone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Institutional landlords have brought new housing supply on stream that otherwise would not have existed, according to a panel at the National Economic(...)

‘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(...)

 Families have to deal with the legacy of the recession, even years after the economy recovers, according to the ESRI. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Families have to deal with the legacy of the recession, even years after the economy recovers, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute(...)

The Growing Up in Ireland study is the biggest and most complex social science project ever to be undertaken in this country and provides thousands of insights into the lives of children. Photograph: iStock

A quarter of our three-year-olds are overweight or obese; 50 per cent of Irish-born mothers don’t even start to breastfeed their babies; 16 per cent o(...)

The ESRI has found that one-third of lone-parent families and one-quarter of families headed by a person with a disability were ‘persistently deprived’ during the years 2004 to 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The gap between the poorest families and the wider population is larger in Ireland than in other comparable EU countries, and grew faster during the r(...)

Risky farming practices include not checking that machinery is in good working order before use, according to a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute. File photograph: Bloomberg

The fatality rate for farmers was 10 times that of the average worker between 2009 and 2015, a trend which may be explained in part by excessive risk-(...)

‘Some 12 per cent of Travellers live in caravans or mobile homes and 56 per cent ‘live in overcrowded accommodation’, the ESRI has found.’ Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Almost 70 per cent of Travellers live in caravans or overcrowded housing, just 1 per cent have a college degree, 82 per cent are unemployed and their (...)

Financial strain, overcrowded housing and deprivation were among the most serious problems for young adults, according to ESRI research.

Younger people are having a tougher time of it in modern Ireland than the over-65s, new research has suggested. Far more of those aged 18-30 have mul(...)

Career worry: A recent comprehensive study found that both pregnancy and maternity are times when women face increased workplace discrimination

While it can undoubtedly be a bit scary, particularly first time round, pregnancy is usually a period of great joy for families. Sure there might be c(...)

The Growing Up in Ireland survey indicates that “children are not necessarily aware of a parent’s financial stress, but they do pick up if parents are struggling”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Children can experience emotional and psychological problems arising out of the recession even if their parents’ economic situation improves.Children (...)

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