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Research found high rates of early school leaving and lower progression to further and higher education in Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

In his speech launching the Government’s Shared Island initiative in late 2020, Taoiseach Micheál Martin described how a comprehensive research progra(...)

The impact of inflation on a household depends on two things: the level of income and the spending pattern. Photograph: iStock

The Government is facing a tricky issue in dealing with the rise in the cost of living, with the key challenge being how to direct help to the househo(...)

Richard Sinnott is remembered fondly by those who knew him. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tributes have come for prominent political scientist and elections commentator Prof Richard Sinnott who has died after a long illness. He was an emer(...)

Brexit has fuelled a major pick-up in North-South trade but also a downturn in imports from Britain. Photograph: iStock

Employers’ group Ibec and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) are to collaborate on a new all-island economy research project. The aim (...)

Eamonn Crean of the Crean family, owners of Greenhill Fruit Farm, with his daughter Analise. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ronan Curtin placed an ad for student summer jobs two weeks ago. The operations manager at Doyles Veg Prep (DVP) in Dublin 22 was looking to fill 10 g(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “This collaboration with the ESRI will produce research outputs across a range of areas this year.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The potential benefits of developing “sectoral ecosystems” on the island of Ireland to attract foreign investment in the wake of Brexit is to be exam(...)

Should those living in large houses after their children leave  be encouraged by the State to trade down? Photograph: iStock

There are few more emotive subjects in Ireland than the “family home”. And we do seem to live in bigger homes than the average. A European Commission (...)

Four out of five Irish people saw incomes grow or stay the same in the pandemic. Covid-19 created schisms – between old and young, ill and well, ho(...)

Why do we have such trouble attracting women into roles of positions of authority? Let’s ask Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, due her first baby next year, who currently has no entitlement to maternity leave, why she thinks that might be. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A thousand years ago in May, when I was writing about why I believed it was important for schools to reopen before the summer holidays, I heard from a(...)

The State would likely see an increase in companies going out of business later this year, continuing into next year, Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Julien Behal

Banks will need to show borrowers and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic further leeway, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and E(...)

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