Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Tens of thousands of water charge protesters converged on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Saturday where a rally calling for the abolition of the planned(...)

An Enar rally in Dublin: Enar received reports of 182 incidents of racist verbal abuse, violence, discrimination and other attacks between July and December 2014. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

People from a “black African” background are the most vulnerable to racist attack and harassment in Ireland, according to a new report. The stu(...)

Kavanagh Quigley and the team from the Donahies Community School at the Young Social Innovators event in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Racism in sport, homelessness, marriage equality and domestic violence were among the issues tackled by “young social innovators” at a “Speak Out” in(...)

One postmaster who did not want to be named was in touch with Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, Michael Fitzmaurice, saying the issuing of the letters causes them “serious concern as to my livelihood and the viability of my post office”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Moves by the Department of Social Protection to encourage more social welfare recipients to have their payments made directly into their bank accounts(...)

The Pygmalion bar in the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin, has this sign saying: ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, buy her a drink, and she might fuck you’

A sign in a Dublin bar saying “buy her a drink, and she might fuck you” has been described as “totally unacceptable” by groups working with victims of(...)

“In prostitution a woman ceases to be seen as a human being in the eyes of others and becomes a trapped mind that lives in a body that no longer belongs to her,” said Mia de Faoite, a survivor of prostitution. Photograph: Lisa Cawley

A survivor of prostitution had described being repeatedly raped, of being urinated on, having objects inserted inside her, and how in the end prostitu(...)

The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Health Service Executive (HSE) health service for women engaged in prostitution refers “about 10 women a year” to the Irish Family Planning Associat(...)

Trinity College: Dr Ronan O’Toole from the school of medicine at Trinity College Dublin said listing Travellers’ ethnicity was necessary to help find out why they were more susceptible to some communicable diseases. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Travellers’ ethnicity should be “routinely recorded” when they present to health services with notifiable diseases, a leading authority on micr(...)

The Rape Crisis Centre said this ad in a newspaper from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign is “misogynistic”.

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has called for the immediate withdrawal of an advertisement aimed at raising awareness of alcohol abuse.The network(...)

There were 371 families, with 803 children, in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month – an increase of more than 40 per cent since June last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of families with children becoming homeless in Dublin continues to rise, data from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) shows. There(...)