Geoff Meagher, national president of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), said the organisation is seeing an “alarming level” of calls despite the recent improvement in the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Charities are continuing to suffer as a result of the economic crash with many reporting a significant decline in funding despite improving economic (...)

Junior minister Seán Sherlock, Minister for  Enterprise and Jobs Richard Bruton, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, and Terence O’Rourke,  Enterprise Ireland’s chairman, and junior minister John Perry at the launch of the Enterprise Ireland annual report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enterprise Ireland approved supports of €27.2 million for firms with which members of its board were connected last year, the agency’s annual report s(...)

Listening to the SVP

The work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) equips its 11,000 volunteers with a deep understanding of the great hardship experienced by those (...)

Geoff Meagher, national president of St Vincent de Paul, said there are sections of Irish society who ‘simply cannot take anymore’ in terms of the costs imposed on them. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s housing crisis is now so acute that “all options” have to be on the table to address it, St Vincent de Paul (SVP) charity has said.Publish(...)

Derry Vice President of St Vincent de Paul, Cormac Wilson, at the Society’s premises at Bridge Street in Derry: “Our only criterion is need. Poverty does not discriminate and we don’t discriminate.” Photograph: Trevor McBride.

It’s been another hectic day for Cormac Wilson between rushing to the City Hotel in Derry for a joint Society of St Vincent de Paul/Salvation Army Chr(...)

Many of those who advocate austerity are unlikely themselves to have to face juggling their bills. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Making more than 400,000 visits to Irish homes each year gives the 11,000 members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul a unique insight into the diffi(...)

Some farm families are feeding their animals by cutting back on buying food for themselves as they struggle to cope with the fodder crisis. Photograph: David Sleator

It has been approached by a number of farm families in recent weeks who are looking for help as a result of the fodder crisis. Its(...)