Pat Kenny: can lack spark. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tuning into The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, weekdays) last week, one could be forgiven for worrying if some awful fate was about to befall the host. Aft(...)

At the launch of the Bank of Ireland’s inaugural responsible business report were (from left) Gearóid McKendrick, St Vincent de Paul; Elaine Deignan, Barnardos; Richie Boucher, Bank of Ireland chief executive; Susie Cunnigham, Irish Cancer Society; and Brian McEvoy, Pieta House. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Bank of Ireland has published its first responsible business report. The report, which covers the bank’s governance but also its relationships with cu(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

 Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday, and Monday night saw Labour’s Anne (...)

Fergus Finlay: ‘We want to try and figure out what works best and to change the culture.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A national campaign against “out-of-control” drinking spearheaded by Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay is to be funded by drinks giant Diageo. M(...)

A grim statistic

The most depressing aspect of the Central Statistics Office survey on income and living conditions is the ever-increasing number of children living in(...)

Campaigners said the scale of rising poverty amounted to a “national scandal”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children rooted in consistent poverty and going without basics such as heating or warm clothing has risen to 140,000 or one in eight chi(...)

Tom McMahon, senior statistician, Richard McMahon, assistant director general and Patrick Foley, statistician, at the Central Statistics Office at Government Buildings Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Families squeezed into hotel rooms, with nowhere for children to play because they have been priced out of their homes. Children growing up in homes w(...)

Students at Christ King Secondary School in Douglas, Co Cork, who invited chef Neven Maguire in to speak about cooking and healthy eating, including how to prepare nutritious lunches and dinners

Day after day, children arrive to school – or go to bed – on an empty stomach. The results are predictable: they fall asleep in class, they get cra(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)