Torture victim Daniel Kabongo said Spirasi saved him from a serious mental breakdown and even suicide. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The only organisation dedicated to supporting victims of torture says it is “in urgent need” of specialist therapists to ensure Ireland meets its inte(...)

Comedian Deirdre O’Kane, a member of the Comic Relief in Ireland steering group, said it was a ‘key step for the project and brings us closer again to delivering help to where it’s needed’.

Applications open from Tuesday for charities to apply for almost €6 million in funding raised in the RTÉ Does Comic Relief telethon. Charities workin(...)

The city council has a housing stock of just under 25,000 homes and about 11,000 of these could be eligible for purchase by tenants at discounts of up to 60 per cent of the market value. Photograph: Frank Miller

Council house tenants’ right to buy their homes should be suspended, and the cap on the maximum rent payable by tenants should be scrapped, Dublin Cit(...)

Aisling Conway, at Sensational Kids  with Sarah McNally, speech and language therapist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Elizabeth Conway saw children eating yogurt out of pots at a playgroup, she wondered why her daughter Aisling couldn’t manage that yet, even thou(...)

Maurice Healy, right: “I would like people who are giving to stand up and say they are giving.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Philanthropist of the year Maurice Healy has said other philanthropists should go public on the work they do even if they consider it “vulgar”. Mr (...)

Food surplus redistribution hub: (from left) Karen Horgan, project manager, Trevor Keating, depot manager, Brendan Dempsey, director, and Leonard Murphy (driver) at the Bia Food Initiative’s hub in Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The industry term is surplus food, but that’s merely a euphemism for food waste – a problem said to cost the Irish economy up to €4 billion a year.W(...)