Social solidarity: Members of the North Leitrim Men’s Group – John Maguire, Thomas Happ, Pat Love, Pat Kerrigan, Des Hand and Pat McMorrow. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Department of Social Protection has been accused of being “hell bent on closing down” a men’s group which was set up to counter social isolation i(...)

Dick Barry (second from right), then parliamentary secretary (minister of state) to the minister for health, pictured in April 1974 at the annual general meeting of St Ultan’s Hospital in Dublin with JJ Jones, chairman; Anne McEvoy, matron; and Seán Hurley, secretary. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry played a prominent role on the Cork political stage but also served as a stalwart for Fine(...)