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Irish car sales continue to rise indicating consumer confidence among predictions of a pending return to 2008 levels. Photograph: Reuters.

New car sales rose by almost a third last year in a market commonly viewed as a key indicator of economic recovery and confidence. Figures released (...)

Graduating members of the Garda  in Templemore. File photograph: Alan Betson

Garda numbers are still in decline as retirements and other departures far exceeded the level of recruitment over the past two years. There was a pub(...)

Of the 133,323 passports issued to children under the age of three in 2015, 134 went to girls named Emily and 162 to boys named Daniel. Photograph: Getty Images

Daniel, James, Emily, Jack and Conor were the most popular names for babies born in Ireland in 2015 based on passport applications for infants over th(...)

The Daft report says there are just 25,000 houses for sale.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new report confirms that Dublin has effectively de-coupled from the rest of Ireland in terms of house price growth, with asking prices slowly risin(...)

File photograph of the Midlands prison in Portlaoise by Bryan O’Brien. Almost half of all prisoners released in 2009 had reoffended within three years, a study by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found.

Almost half of all prisoners released in 2009 had reoffended within three years, a study by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found. The 47.5(...)

Abortion is illegal in the Republic except where the pregnancy presents a real and substantial risk to the mother’s life. File photograph: Getty Images

A clinic in Manchester accounted for close to one third of all abortions for women with Irish addresses over the last five years. Women from the islan(...)

No ‘typical’ clients: a  Marie Stopes International clinic in the north of England. Photograph:  Ross Parry Agency

“The Northern Ireland and Irish governments don’t mind women having abortions just as long as they’re not here in Ireland,” according to Northern Irel(...)

A new Ipsos/Mori poll published on Wednesday finds that perceptions are not necessarily reality . The Perils of Perception survey highlight how wron(...)

Asked what proportion of the country’s wealth is owned by the wealthiest 1 per cent, Irish people said 40 per cent while the actual figure is 27 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland came second in a 33- country survey testing how much people know about some basic facts of life in their respective countries. Ireland was se(...)

One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the UK government body responsible for boosting the film industry. Photograph: Alan Betson/the Irish Times

One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s Universi(...)

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