In its Lenten campaign this year, the biggest annual fundraising campaign in Ireland, the Trócaire box is featuring people from Ireland celebrating the charity’s supporters and all who are fighting for justice for the world’s poor. Photograph: Trócaire website

Last year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign raised almost € 8.3 million, which was about a 4 per cent increase on the 2014 figure of € 8 million. The funds(...)

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(...)

The Trocaire charity puts 91 cent of every €1 donated towards its charitable work. Photograph: Kim Haughton

If giving to charity was on your agenda over the festive season, you may wonder how much of your donation ended up going to your worthy cause. It’s(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: “The next generation would not forgive us if this deal was not done.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said the Paris agreement on global climate change represented a “truly multilateral response to one of th(...)

Cacique Raoni Metuktire, chief of the Kayapo tribe, speaks to a translator at the climate change summit in Paris. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

The French leadership of the global climate change summit in Paris last night ramped up pressure for an early agreement with a new draft that removed (...)

A French customs officer photographs one of the banners brought by Irish environmental activists to the UN climate conference. Photograph: William Hederman

A bus carrying 35 Irish climate activists was stopped by French police in the port of Cherbourg for almost three hours on Thursday. The activists, r(...)

French Foreign affairs minister and acting president of the COP21, Laurent Fabius. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

There are growing indications the deadline for the historic global agreement on climate change will continue into Saturday. A new draft of the Paris (...)

Enda Kenny delivers a speech during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Irish involvement with the climate change talks in Paris did not get off to a very auspicious start 10 days ago when Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a speci(...)

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should increase its intake of refugees under relocation and resettlement schemes to 22,000, according to a report to be published on Sunday. (...)

Oisín Coghlan, director  of Friends of the Earth: said there was huge disappointment at what he described as the Taoiseach’s “doublespeak”.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Almost 3,000 people have signed an online petition over the past two days criticising Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim that emissions targets set for Iri(...)