James Wickham

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There is an immediate feeling of warmth on entering 36 Mountpleasant Avenue Lower in Ranelagh. The yellow ochre walls are reminiscent of the gentle he(...)

In Dunkirk, northern France, buses were painted bright colours to mark the new free-fare system.
Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The first fare-free public transport system was set up in a suburb of Los Angeles in 1962. Bologna experimented with free transport in the 1970s, when(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Advocating for the best possible deal for the British is likely to be Ireland’s strategy in exit negotiations

When European leaders gathered in Milan in June 1985, both Ireland and the European project were on the brink of dramatic change. The Anglo-Irish Agre(...)

Often workers do not know how many hours they will work next week, let alone which hours they are going to work. Such enforced flexibility makes planning your life impossible. Photograph: Getty Images

Unemployment is falling, more people are at work. Surely that is good news enough? To accept that any job is better than no job is to avoid looking (...)

Construction industry: cited by Tasc  as an example where the proportion of self-employed has grown from 25 per cent in 2006 to 38 per cent in 2015. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Ireland’s tax system is assisting the growing practice of “bogus self-employment”, according to a new report by Tasc, the independent social change t(...)

What is Brexit? The countdown has begun to the United Kingdom’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union. The stakes are high: if UK voters o(...)

Political pedigree: Ivan Yates and his fellow Newstalk Breakfast anchor Chris Donoghue

Whenever Enda Kenny does go to the country, it can’t come soon enough for Ivan Yates. The former Fine Gael minister and current cohost of Breakfast (N(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meeting British prime minister David Cameron at Chequers, Buckinghamshire. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

As the Brexit referendum approaches, some of the rest of Europe is beginning to ask: do we really want them anyway? Arguably Brexit would strengthen(...)

Jimmy Kelly of Unite says many employers see labour as “nothing more than a commodity, to be picked up and discarded as convenient”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two out of every five workers in Ireland are reliant on insecure contracts, a conference heard today. The secretary of the Unite Ireland trade union s(...)

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

People who have family memorabilia related to the first World War will have an opportunity this week to show it to experts in Trinity College Dublin,(...)

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