Childcare supervisor Jacinta Corcoran: she recalls how one young mother explained how she felt really awkward reading a story to her child because no one had ever read her a story at home. Photograph: Alan Betson

The dense cluster of tangled branches turning in on themselves inside a weeping ash tree is an arresting sight in the grounds of a residential complex(...)

Focus Ireland and Threshold pointed out Private Residential Tenancies Board  report did not ask landlords how they would react to the introduction of rent controls. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Groups working with the homeless and housing-vulnerable have rejected the findings of a report that said rent controls would do more harm than good(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rent supplement rates will not be increased, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has indicated. A review of rent supple(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy, Focus Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Focus Ireland has called on the Government to set aside €500 million in Budget 2015 to help deliver more than 3,000 homes.The charity made the call in(...)

The Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie in the sky” by the construction industry.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie (...)

  Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of people on rent supplement has fallen by almost a quarter since 2010, and the amount of money spent on it has decreased by almost 30 p(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller 2:00

President Michael D Higgins has said there is a housing “crisis” and a “real and urgent need” for more public housing in the State.Housing was a “bas(...)

New legislation in February 2011 made aggressive begging an offence liable for prosecution

Tourists dining “al fresco”are being harassed by aggressive beggars, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said.The association has support(...)

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy at the National Gallery during the unveiling of her portrait by artist Vera Klute where it has entered the portrait collection of the National Gallery. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A new painting to the social justice campaigner Sr Stanislaus Kennedy has entered the portrait collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Sr Stan (...)