Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

 Orla O’Connor, Tara Flynn, Laura Hardiman and Louise O’ Neill at the National Women’s Council’s FemFest     conference in Croke Park:  The council’s breakthrough manifesto highlights 10 key areas it says will change the outlook for women in Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The forthcoming general election has the potential to be a breakthrough election for women in Ireland, the director of the National Women’s Council, (...)

 Roisin Shortall: TD says the Dáil must be recalled to discuss and debate the report.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Labour Party should have “stood up and spoken out” over the contents of the Fennelly report, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. Ms Shor(...)

According to the company’s website, Celestial Green specialises in the development of natural capital conservation projects involving the creation of credits associated with reduced deforestation in the Amazon basin. Photograph: Getty Images

The auditors to a Dublin carbon credits company, Celestial Green Ventures plc, have said expenditure by the company for which there was no invoices or(...)

Young people aren’t apathetic , “they’re dismissive of the recycled establishment bull, just as much as all ages are” – 2010 protest by  Dublin Focus on Youth, a coalition of youth projects/services   to warn the Government against making any further cut to youth services. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Generation Apathy was the title of a talk about youngsters at the MacGill Summer School last week. Bearing in mind that few people outside the sphe(...)

Newly elected independent councillor Gary Gannon. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Broken promises such as the Government’s pre-general election pledge not to increase student charges have left young people shy about placing their fa(...)

 Rubbish and litter on Dublin’s Belvedere Place in the North Inner City. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kilkenny has been named Ireland’s cleanest town for the second year in a row in the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) annual survey.The anti-litter(...)