Canon David Gillespie (left) and Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, outside St. Ann’s Church Dawson Street during the Black Santa sit-out to raise money for charities working with homeless people. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Funds raised by this year’s Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street will go to help the city’s homeless. The sit-in was launc(...)

Organisers Katherine McKenna, Dermot Richardson and Joan Hunt at Tallaght Adventure World. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Dermot Richardson and his partner, Katherine McKenna, decided to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless in their community in Tallaght, Dublin, (...)

Live animal crib opens at Mansion House with children from St Joseph’s Nursery singing When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. Entrance is free but donations go to the homeless. Still from Daniel O’Connor video. 1:44

There was no baby Jesus in the live animal crib, but if there was the children from St Joseph’s Nursery would probably have upstaged him. Dressed as a(...)

Children from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough St., at the Opening of the 20th year of the IFA Live Animal Crib. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some people are extremely hypocritical when it comes to helping homeless people, Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said. He said he had received ema(...)

Panti Bliss - aka Rory O’Neill - with Stephen Fry at the Rehab People of the Year awards. Photograph: Zara Zhuang/The Irish Times

Rory O’Neill - aka Panti Blis - and Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson were among the winners of the 2014 People of the Year Awards.O(...)

Students from St Margaret’s NS with Ryan Tubridy, at the launch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul annual appeal, in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There can be dignity in poverty, Ryan Tubridy has said. “You can be in poverty and go through it with dignity. We can’t end poverty but we can fight (...)

Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

Although the €5 per month increase in child benefit is welcome, it should be seen against a backdrop of a €36 cut to the basic rate since 2009

Budget 2015 does not herald a recovery that is fully committed to those who have been most devastated by six years of cuts, according to the Society o(...)

Irish society should not allow a “business as usual” approach to take hold but should formulate a new set of ethical principles, President Michael D Higgins has said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Irish society should not allow a “business as usual” approach to take hold but should formulate a new set of ethical principles, President Michael D H(...)

Good cop, odd cop: Noel Clarke, Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston in ‘Chasing Shadows’

The grey mood and slow burn of Scandi crime dramas has seeped into British police procedurals with some fine results – ITV’s Broadchurch is the most o(...)