Volunteer Yvonne Byrne delivering food to Selina Hall at her home in Ballyfermot in west Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The arrival of volunteers at the door with food parcels makes “getting through the week a bit easier”, says Selina Hall, a mother-of-four living in th(...)

The Bishop of Ossory Séamus Freeman welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan that her Department had agreed to build the new schools.

Ireland’s oldest Catholic secondary school, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, has provided a site to a non-denominational patron for two new schools in th(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Min(...)

The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

Roller derby: the sport is relatively new in Ireland but is growing in popularity. Photograph: Dave Meehan

State-funded sports facilities in Inchicore and Crumlin are at risk of closure, following a recommendation by Government agency Pobal against continui(...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpin  will speak at the event which will include performances from groups such as ApocalypsE, Tiger Boy and The Lost Gecko. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Cork hurler Seán Óg Ó hAilpin and Fair City actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen are opening a concert on Leeside to help combat discrimination.Cork(...)

The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

The Department of the Environment has announced funding to community development partnerships  in Ballymun, Fingal and Rathmines/Pembroke in Dublin, as well as in Connemara and Waterford, would end on April 1st. Among the services they provide are meals-on-wheels and home repairs for the elderly. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Community development partnerships in five of the most deprived areas in the State will have their funding withdrawn and will close or begin to wind d(...)

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Hundreds of jobs will be lost and public services cut in some of the poorest areas under Government plans to change how community projects are funded(...)

Patricia King and outgoing General Secretary David Begg in Dublin. King was a lead negotiator in the talks with the Government that led to both the Croke Park and the Haddington Road agreements. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Patricia King takes the helm of the Irish trade union movement at a time when it is emerging from one of the most difficult periods in its 121 -year h(...)