Helen Russell

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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(...)

Workplace stress is a highly complex problem, fraught with “psychosocial risks”, according to the ESRI. Photograph: iStock

In recent weeks, two illustrious bodies have flagged problems with the Irish psyche. The OECD told us that 18.5 per cent of Irish people have a mental(...)

The number of Irish workers who described themselves as stressed at work more than doubled in just five years from 2010 to 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish workers are more likely to be stressed by emotional demands and exposure to bullying, harassment and other forms of mistreatment than their peer(...)

Agriculture has one of the highest rates of fatality among workplaces in Ireland, according to a report by the ESRI and the Health and Safety Authority. Photograph: Frank Miller

The publication of a report on workplace injury and illness by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Health and Safety Authority ((...)

The main illness experienced by health workers is due to musculoskeletal disorders. Stress, anxiety and depression are  also more common illnesses.

The health sector has the highest rate of work absences as a result of injury and illness, new research has found. These rates climbed during the re(...)

High quality care in a centre can offset potential negative impacts of social disadvantage and family factors, according to  ESRI report. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Five-year-olds cared for in creches for the first three years of life are, overall, as emotionally and socially healthy as children looked after at ho(...)

Work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounts for nearly one in every five sick days, according to new research. Photograph: iStock

A female teacher, aged between 35 and 54 years and working long hours is the most likely type of person to suffer from stress and depression, accordin(...)

Anyone for a hygge: try a little cosiness

Autumn comes with a headbutt in Ireland; one day you’re all SPF, BBQ and waving a wine glass around outdoors, the next you’re sitting in outpatients t(...)

Households with the lowest incomes had the highest number of parents as full- time carers at 30 per cent, the  ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ study showed. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Almost 70 per cent of children cared for by non-related childminders are from higher income backgrounds, a new study shows. The findings, which wer(...)

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