Paul O’Brien: Growth Hacker and start-up consultant

“Tech hub” is a meaningless term. As the sector grows in size and influence, almost every city in the US has attached the label to its list of local a(...)

Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said Stand for Justice event  was a lively discussion that highlighted the four main issues of public services, child poverty, sustainable energy and overseas aid.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ending poverty for Irish children and growing housing problems were hot topics for a cross-party panel of eight politicians and an audience at a Stand(...)

Geoff Meagher, national president of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), said the organisation is seeing an “alarming level” of calls despite the recent improvement in the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Charities are continuing to suffer as a result of the economic crash with many reporting a significant decline in funding despite improving economic (...)

Catholic Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan said homosexual activity was “morally wrong behaviour”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has stood down a Galway fund committee that last year allocated €45,000 to a resource centre for the lesbian, gay(...)

Room for improvement: Sinéad O’Connor in the B&B she has been living in with her four children and partner for more than four months. Photograph: Aidan Crawley Room for improvement: Sinéad O’Connor in the B&B she has been living in with her four children and partner for more than four months. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times recently reported that €750,000 a month is being spent in Dublin on providing emergency accommodation for homeless families. We are on(...)

‘The Government operates a system of direct provision for asylum-seekers, so that each adult gets €19.10 a week, along with accommodation and food. People languish for years in a system originally intended to be a temporary measure for six months or so.’ Above, a group of  asylum seekers, refugees and supporters which marched from the Dáil to the Department of Justice last year protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some time ago, I visited a direct provision hostel that is within walking distance of the Dáil. Although it is so centrally located, no one to whom I (...)

The People’s Conversation: a new vision for active citizenship. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

‘This is a talking shop,” says Ryan Meade, programme leader with the People’s Conversation. He’s unapologetic about this. The idea is that providin(...)

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(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is resisting calls for a reduction in the €2.50 per item prescription charge in next month’s budget.The St Vincent de(...)

Swiss federal president Didier Burkhalter arrives  at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Swiss president Didier Burkhalter has said the bilateral relationship with the European Union is the best guarantor of Swiss prosperity and promised (...)