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 (...)

People with water meters installed will be charged €4.88 for every 1,000 litres of water used, but will have their bills capped  for six months.

A charge of half a cent for every litre of domestic water used will see water in Ireland becoming dearer than in most European countries. It will also(...)

Listening to the SVP

The work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) equips its 11,000 volunteers with a deep understanding of the great hardship experienced by those (...)

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been in Ireland since 1844 when it became very active during the Great Famine. Today, it has 9,500 volunteers in over 1,000 Conferences across the State.

President Michael D Higgins has lavished praise on the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland over the past 170 years. He was speaki(...)