About one in 10 of our children (110,000) still live in consistent, grinding poverty

Ireland is currently “home” to some 3,800 homeless children and more than 220,000 live in poverty – that means in households on incomes below about €1(...)

Students at Christ King Secondary School in Douglas, Co Cork, who invited chef Neven Maguire in to speak about cooking and healthy eating, including how to prepare nutritious lunches and dinners

Day after day, children arrive to school – or go to bed – on an empty stomach. The results are predictable: they fall asleep in class, they get cra(...)

 Emily Logan has been appointed to lead the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After 10 years as Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan is to become chief commissioner of a new State body responsible for promoting the human rights a(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies Ireand’s Martin O’Brien will deliver the Dave Ellis lecture – in memory of the activist who worked with community groups in Dublin for more than 20 years – at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

The creation of a better society is most forcefully achieved by changing Government policies and practices, the most senior member of Atlantic Phil(...)

Had the Civic Forum survived it might have headed off trouble over the flags protests. Photograph: Reuters

The community and voluntary sectors have been key players in the peace process in Northern Ireland during the past 20 years, their organisations and g(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, speaking to the Fine Gael conference in Limerick last weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

They targeted the vulnerable again yesterday: women with babies, the vulnerable elderly, the vulnerable youth, poor people dependent on prescriptions.(...)

“If a publicly-funded body like Mabs was in the driving seat, the Government could not pretend it was unaware of the human cost of the austerity measures it is enforcing.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It is frightening to see that in relation to debt and insolvency, we are reaching for the same kind of “solutions” that got people into trouble(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy last week released documents showing that, in the last six months, 58 per cent of all parliamentary questions about the operation of the Department of Social Protection were answered privately, so that the replies are not on the public record. Photograph: David Sleator

Ignorance, by definition, is negative. It is the state of not knowing. But that doesn’t mean ignorance is a mere absence. It is created and con(...)