Keith Harrington, pictured in 2011. He was found dead in a Dublin laneway in 2014. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five years ago, researching a story on homelessness, I met Keith Harrington and his friend Carlo, who lived on the Dublin streets. They offered to sho(...)

Gandon House: Bars placed on the window ledges at the Department of Social Protection, Amiens street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The installation of “anti-homeless devices” at a Department of Social Protection office in Dublin was carried out by the landlord and not the departme(...)

A dedicated phone line and website facility is provided by the department for individuals to submit anonymous reports of suspected abuses by social welfare claimants. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Social Protection received more than 16,000 anonymous tip-offs from members of the public last year regarding suspected cases of soc(...)

Accenture Ireland Managing Director Alistair Blair: “We look for certain characteristics. We want people with exploratory and inquisitive minds, who are ambitious and who can put the client first.” Photograph: Alan Betson

When Alastair Blair joined Accenture Ireland’s graduate programme in 1987, the company has just 70 employees. Fast forward almost 30 years, and he is(...)

The total cost of the water conservation grant has been over €94 million, the Department of Social Protection has said.

The total cost of the water conservation grant has been over €94 million, the Department of Social Protection has said. Figures released to Fianna Fa(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny examines flood defences on the banks of the east side of the river Shannon in Athlone in December. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has paid out over €235,000 in humanitarian assistance to 270 households affected by the recent flooding, with most aid going to Galway,(...)

Mick Wallace is facing an application in the Commercial Court for a €2 million summary judgment from the Promontoria (Aran) Ltd fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government minister and an entire Dáil committee are among the names featuring in the Four Courts lists in the opening law term of 2016. W(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney Said the Government wanted to be “generous and fair” to people who needed help. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No limit has been set on the amount of compensation people affected by flooding can be paid under a Government assistance scheme. Applications from a(...)

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government wants to be “generous” to flood victims, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said, as it emerged that no limit has been placed on the le(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: says if the value of a home has been diminished or totally cancelled, the valuation for property tax purposes should reflect that. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that householders affected by the floods will not be exempt from the property tax. Mr Noonan said, (...)