The St Vincent de Paul Society has been in Ireland since 1844 when it became very active during the Great Famine. Today, it has 9,500 volunteers in over 1,000 Conferences across the State.

President Michael D Higgins has lavished praise on the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland over the past 170 years. He was speaki(...)

President Michael D Higgins has called for a fresh start to be made  now, in the midst of the financial crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People need to make a fresh start based on ethics, the President has told a conference, adding a new and fairer society would not automatically(...)