Some 51,000 additional claims have been received – an average of more than 5,300 per week – since application forms were issued in mid-June. Photograph: Getty Images

Welfare authorities are under pressure to process tens of thousands of applications from families for much-needed help with back-to-school costs. The (...)

Fr Peter McVerry receives the French human rights prize from Jean-Pierre Thebault the French Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:43

Fr Peter McVerry has been awarded the France-Ireland Human Rights Award for fighting homelessness and poverty in Ireland. Fr McVerry (left), who rece(...)

“Ourselves and a whole range of organisations have come together on the Alcohol Health Alliance and that’s the first time that’s ever happened,”  says the National Youth Council’s James Doorley.  Photograph:  Alan Betson

One of the most fervent opponents to Diageo’s involvement in the controversial Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign says some unexpected positive dev(...)

The crowd in the courtyard of Dublin Castle  react as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:35

So here was that appalling vista blossoming before us. And you know what? The view was wonderful. In the end, two-thirds of Irish voters found (...)

One in three families with primary school children are worried about their budget for food, new research has found.

The number of children coming to school hungry has increased in the past year, according to 77 per cent of teachers surveyed in new research on food (...)

Ready or not: State funding for Accord’s marriage-preparation courses is being cut. Photograph: Getty

What’s all this discord over Accord? The Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service is an agency that helps people who are in marriage difficulty or dealin(...)

Psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney: “I’ve been deeply troubled by the way the campaign has been run by some elements on the No side.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Clinical psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney has said she was so troubled by how some on the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum campaign were co(...)

Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tactics employed by the No side in the same sex marriage referendum campaign have been described as “cynical”, “dishonest”, and as exploiting a “polit(...)

Séamus Carey and Regina Bushell from Westmeath, canvassing for Yes Equality,   speaking to  Jennifer O’Meara  from Athlone. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 8:27

By coincidence, just as the same-sex marriage referendum campaign was getting under way, a remarkable podcast appeared on This American Life, a cel(...)

Organisations involved in the BeLonG To Yes campaign in the same-sex the marriage referendum include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland, as well as BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A Yes vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum would be “in the best interests of children”, three of Ireland’s leading children’s chariti(...)