Kathleen Sherlock with (from left) Stacey and Jim – who made their first Holy Communion – Annishia Mahoney and Mary Ellen Sherlock in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A Co Clare priest, whom a Traveller family say “publicly humiliated” them by preventing them attend a first Holy Communion service last weekend, is ma(...)

A dog waiting outside a polling station on Friday while his owner casts his vote. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strong Yes vote returned by many working class areas, particularly in Dublin and Limerick, showed such communities were embracing social change fa(...)

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The State must address delays in the provision of social housing and ensure emergency housing “is appropriate to children’s needs”, says the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is tolerating “unacceptable” levels of child poverty, standing over discrimination in schools and failing to protect children from viol(...)

Protesters against water charges gather on O’Connell bridge in March. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/Irish Times

A new political reality could emerge from the anti-water charges campaign here, as it did in Bolivia in the early 2000s, a leading international exper(...)

“The impact of the seven-year austerity drive on people’s standard of living has been enormous, and in all regions the effects of the crisis are impacting on the realisation of human rights,” Chief Commissioner for Human Rights Emily Logan  has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The belief that austerity must continue to be enforced “requires constant re-assessment and analysis”, the Chief Commissioner for Human Rights has sai(...)

“The number of children accompanying adults [in emergency hotel-type accommodation] reached record highs,” according to a report from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. Photograph: The Irish Times

Child homelessness in Dublin is increasing at more than twice the rate of adult homelessness, the latest official figures show. The figures are contai(...)

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of HIQA speaking at the publication of the Patient Safety Investigation Report into services at Portlaoise in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The first sight some parents had of their dead babies at Portlaoise hospital was when their child was squeezed into a metal box on a wheelchair, co(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan  Kelly has said he disagreed with a decision by Dublin city councillors last week to reject a proposal to refurbish 64 empty flats at the O’Devaney Gardens flat complex (above) to provide temporary accommodation for up to 400 homeless families over the next five years. “That was a big project and an important project and I don’t agree with that decision,” he said.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is not getting necessary co-operation from Dublin City councillors to tackle the growing family and child home(...)

Mandate general secretary John Douglas (above) wrote to Margaret Heffernan, the company’s director, saying workers allegedly dismissed since the strike must be reinstated. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:49

The Mandate trade union will meet solicitors on Monday to seek advice for union members it alleges have been “targeted” by Dunnes Stores management fo(...)

A Co Kildare couple renting a three-bed  house in a gated community in the K-Club (above), are disputing a 22 per cent rent increase.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Co Kildare couple renting a three-bed detached house in a gated community in the K-Club are disputing a 22 per cent rent increase as they say there (...)