Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett TD says that if politicians’ wages were the same as those they represent, it would give them “a real incentive to make the decisions”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit has said that if its party manifesto was implemented, all TDs would be paid the national industrial wage. At the launch of the m(...)

The sit out took place at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street  in the days running up to Christmas. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The 2015 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street was the most successful ever yielding a record €41,400 for charity, the larg(...)

The Government’s Social Housing 2020 Strategy aims to provide 110,000 homes. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

More than 13,000 homes were provided for social housing last year, an increase of 86 per cent on 2014, according to the first annual report of the Go(...)

 Cathal Morgan of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, right: “For the love of God, please can everyone get behind modular housing?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Numerous social housing projects, including to house homeless families, face delays due to “significant objections” from locals, according to a brief(...)

The Rossport five: Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the Four Courts after being released from prison in 2005.

As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunn(...)

The Palestrina Choir will be performing in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve, followed by Mass at 10pm. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

People who may be planning to attend the popular Nine Lessons and Carols service at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, this afternoon are advised not to(...)

Ninety-one people were sleeping rough on November 30th - the night when the annual winter rough-sleeper count is carried out. This was compared with 168 on that night in 2014.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has fallen by 46 per cent since last winter, the latest figures show. However, the number of adults in e(...)

Fr Peter McVerry who said on Tuesday that the homeless crisis in the capital had worsened over the last 12 months.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The homeless crisis has become “much, much worse” a year on from the death of Jonathan Corrie, who died on a doorstep within sight of the Dáil in Dubl(...)

A man lights a candlelight last December outside at the doorway in Molesworth street where John Corrie who was homeless was found dead. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Christmas is a hard time of year for everyone who has lost loved ones. As we reach the first anniversary of Jonathan Corrie’s death on the street in f(...)