Daithí Doolan: figures obtained by the Sinn Féin Councillor indicate  the council was owed almost €23 million on December 8th, 2014, by 14,191 households. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council is considering relaxing the policy that prevents tenants who are in rent arrears with it from being considered for a housing trans(...)

Crowds gather outside the Central Bank in Dublin to protest against the jailing of five anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Two anti-water charge protesters, who were among five jailed last week for defying a court order, have gone on hunger-strike, thousands of people who (...)

 Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Discussions on a new national plan for women’s rights will begin next week, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said. He said the National Wom(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Hundreds of jobs will be lost and public services cut in some of the poorest areas under Government plans to change how community projects are funded(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A €300 million investment fund for social housing, which will deliver 2,000 units of public housing over the next three years, will be built on and e(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never happens to another woman”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never h(...)

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, who have been homeless since April 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The homelessness crisis in Dublin appears to be spilling into areas around the capital.Charities and public representatives have warned that county co(...)

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, have been homeless for nearly a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tara Tevlin (24), her partner Thomas McGuinness and their son Leon (2), from Duleek, Co Meath, have been homeless since last April. Their landl(...)

 Brigid Quilligan  of the Irish Traveller Movement: “the vast majority of young Travellers are focused on getting an education and they choose their own partners later in life”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

It was not the custom for Travellers to get married as teenagers and the vast majority chose their own life partners, the director of the Irish Travel(...)