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 Rent is the biggest ongoing cost for students. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Suddenly there are bills. The presses are empty and no one seems to be filling them. What’s going on? Learning to manage money takes skill. Col(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Superior market: Superquinn is well known for its bakeries and well-trained staff – can the same be said for SuperValu? Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Customer unhappy about criticism of SuperquinnThere has been a lot of talk about supermarkets in recent days. Our take on Superquinn prompted a Wicklo(...)

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The Irish grocery market, a vital part of the domestic economy, is now worth an estimated €9 billion. But, as yet, the major supermarket groups do not(...)

How to survive your first term

Forget everything you ever learned about anything. Feel free to discard the so-called friends you hung out with merely because they sat next to you in(...)

Ruth O’Connor buying from Gary Adams at his fruit and veg stall on Moore Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

I’m already worried about the week ahead, unable to enter a supermarket when I rely heavily on Tesco Express, Spar, Centra, Lidl and sometimes, when I(...)

Kantar Worldpanel estimates that Tesco is the biggest player in  the Republic,  with a 27.6 per cent market share

They touch most of our lives every week and account for a substantial chunk of our spending each year, yet we know very little about the financial per(...)

Photograph: Jochen Sand/Getty Images

To find out what customers really care about, big supermarket chains spend a lot of time and money examining the findings of focus groups and looking (...)

Word cloud: the words Irish people use most online when talking about supermarkets. The larger the type, the more often the word is used. Source: Olytico

Irish people hate to speak ill of the dead, so the lavish praise heaped on Superquinn this week when the final nail was hammered into its coffin was h(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: sold Superquinn in 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of years ago, then Superquinn chairman, Simon Burke, who fronted a consortium of investors that bought the business in 2005, said that if he (...)

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