What stops many people returning to work after a career break is a crisis of confidence and a fear that the workplace has moved on too much. Photograph: Getty Images

While career breaks are technically open to both men and women, in reality they are more likely to be taken by women who have decided to stay home wi(...)

A Japanese acer in brilliant autumn colour in Heen Dillon’s old garden. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

When is the best time to plant a tree? So goes the proverbial question, to which the killer punchline of a proverbial answer – “Twenty years ago . . (...)

A large number of countries - Ireland included - ‘have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women’. Photograph: Getty Images

Data shows that up to the age of about 30, women keep pace with men in the workforce. After that a hefty gap opens up, with just 64 per cent of women (...)

Elaine Russell with her daughters Grace (11 months) and Laura (8)  at their home in Foxrock. Elaine has brought the UK organisation ‘Women Returners’ to Ireland and is pioneering the concept of ‘returnships’ with companies here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Children are young for such a short time” is an argument used both for and against the idea of a parent taking time out of the workplace to stay at h(...)

Tesco Mobile, which had more than 300,000 customers at the end of 2014, gained close to 50,000 additional subscribers last year

Losses at Tesco Mobile, the country’s fourth largest operator, rose by a third last year despite the company’s customer base increasing by more than 1(...)

Willow weaver Beth Murphy at work in her country garden on County Kildare. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Whimsy ... not only do I love it as a word but I also like it in a garden, where it brings an air of playful, joyful irreverence. For the same reas(...)

Tesco Mobile increased its number of customers by 89,000 in 2014

Tesco Mobile has reported a 40 per cent increase in customer numbers, to more than 300,000, for 2014.The mobile virtual network operator increased its(...)

 Tesco Mobile Ireland general manager Elaine Russell said the operator now has with 300,000 customers, an increase of over 40 per cent in one year

Tesco Mobile Ireland said its customer base rose by more than 40 per cent last year.The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which is a joint ventu(...)