Austin Campbell, (left) co-ordinator of Mystreets Drogheda,  pictured with tour guides Oliver Fitzsimons, Martin Reilly, Des Nelson, Luke Kelly, and Cyril Carter, at St Laurence’s Gate, Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

H omeless people as tour guides? In a Hitchhikers-Guide-to-the-Galaxy way of looking at the world, it makes sense. Who better to guide one through (...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

A Co Antrim man who was “obsessed” with his collection of child porn, which amounted to over 7,000 indecent images, was handed a 21-month sentence

A Co Antrim man who was “obsessed” with his collection of child porn, which amounted to over 7,000 indecent images, was on Friday handed a 21-month s(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

People on a guided tour at Glasnevin Cemetery stop by Éamon de Valeras grave. The Glasnevin Trust has been accused of anti-competitive practices in its funeral services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The largest provider of funeral services in Ireland, which was accused of anti-competitive practices, has agreed to make significant changes to how it(...)

The Guardian has appointed Kath Viner as its new editor, the first woman to hold the post in the paper’s almost 200-year history. Photograph: The Guardian.

Katharine Viner has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.Ms Viner, current(...)

Edward Russell from the Cairdeas project meeting President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday,  where   a St Patrick’s Day reception  was  hosted for some 120 volunteers who work with the homeless.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The issue of homelessness cannot be separated from the issues of inequality and housing policy, President Michael D Higgins has said. President Higgi(...)

Jeremy Clarkson at Stamford Bridge before a recent Chelsea match. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Jeremy Clarkson was not being racist when he used the word “pikey” on Top Gear, the BBC Trust has ruled, in a decision which has sparked condemnation (...)