A group of undocumented parents and children outside the Dáil to mark International Migrants Day. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons. 2:11

Allan Defiesta’s sixth Christmas in Ireland will be a quiet one, a far cry from the extravaganza of holiday celebration in his native Philippines. (...)

 Trust, a social and health agency working with the homeless, assisted people of 15 nationalities in a recent week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In just two days this month 54 people attended a social and health agency premises in Dublin’s Liberties. Trust, a non-denominational, befriending, s(...)

In July of last year Mr Dunne was adjudicated a bankrupt by the High Court. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

The official in charge of Sean Dunne’s bankruptcy has launched High Court proceedings aimed at setting aside the bankrupt businessman’s transfer of an(...)

Iarnród Éireann is to lose €500,000 in State funding if services are cancelled as a result of planned strike action due to commenceon Sunday. A decision by the company’s chief executive to holiday in Mauritius during the dispute has also been criticised.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The chief executive of Iarnród Éireann David Franks is to return to Ireland early from his holidays in advance of a planned strike which is expected t(...)

In late 2012 John McAreavey (left) and five other members of the family of murdered Michaela  McAreavey (right) entered civil proceedings against the Legends Hotel, now known as Lux Resorts, in Mauritius. They claimed damages amounting to the equivalent of €1.6 million. Photograph: PA Wire

The family of Michaela McAreavey, the Irish woman who was killed in a hotel in Mauritius in 2011, has said criminal investigations into her death seem(...)

Trust director Alice Leahy: “We are now coming across conditions long disappeared since the advent of good food, eg malnutrition, trench foot and impetigo – conditions clearly associated with extreme poverty.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conditions associated with malnutrition are now becoming evident among the homeless in Dublin, according to Alice Leahy, director of Trust the home(...)

Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

Fewer than 950 people sought asylum in the State last year, extending a downward trend that has seen the volume of refugee applications fall sharply o(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

The Afrobarometer study reveals that about 50 per cent of all the respondents reported they occasionally lacked access to food, clean water and medicine in 2012.

Despite sustained economic growth in Africa over the past decade, most governments across the continent have failed to reduce poverty levels among the(...)

Michael Gallagher, who lost his son Aidan in the Omagh bomb attack, holds a redacted email from a Real IRA mole during a press conference on behalf of the Omagh Bomb Survivors group yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

“I do struggle. I struggle like everyone else. If I could get rid of all of this.” Michael Gallagher, the most mild-mannered of men, admits to fatigue(...)