Gardaí in Letterkenny: First time “car wash slavery” has been seen in Ireland. Photograph: North West Newspix

The term may be new in the Irish context, but so-called “car wash slavery” has become a major problem in the UK and other European countries in recent(...)

Angela Coughlan with just some of her grandchildren that live with her in her two-bedroom house in Ballyfermot where she lives with the rest of her children. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nine people live in Angela Coughlan’s two-bedroom home in Ballyfermot, Dublin. A retired pharmacy assistant, she had been sharing the house she inheri(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has rejected claims the planned merger of Cork city and county councils is fundamentally anti-democrati(...)

Uplift will host an event at the Famine Memorial at Customs House Quay in Dublinon Friday to show solidarity with refugees. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A website calling on people to “pledge a bed” for refugees and migrants had more than 1,000 offers of accommodation, in 28 counties across the islan(...)

Immanuel Chirwa (18), who sat this year’s Leaving Cert while living in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Immanuel Jayden Chirwa (18), originally from South Africa, is one of about 22 asylum seekers who sat the Leaving Cert this year. He lives in Mosney (...)

Nicole Tyrrell  and her daughter Avery (2),  Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Nicole and Malcolm Tyrrell began downloading application forms for primary schools for their daughter, Avery (2), several weeks before she was born. (...)

A family with three children  under the age of six were sleeping rough around Mountjoy Square in Dublin last night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three children under the age of six slept rough with their parents in Dublin last night, according to organisations working with the homeless. The In(...)

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Child homelessness outside Dublin is increasing at almost three times the rate it is in the capital, the latest figures from the Department of Environ(...)

Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt  along with 420 others since August 2013

  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission was divided over whether to issue a call for the “immediate release” of Irish teenager Ib(...)

On women’s sexual and reproductive health, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights said it was concerned at Ireland’s “highly restrictive legislation on abortion”. File photograph: Getty Images

Two referendums must be held to vindicate the economic, social and cultural rights of women in Ireland, according to the United Nations. A referendum(...)