Nourish your children’s interest in the natural world by  making sure they get time in it over the Christmas break. Photograph: iStock

“Excessive choice is sold to us as happiness.” In the Blindboy Podcast (episode 99), he brilliantly describes flicking through the pages of an Argos c(...)

Marcus Coster, who is homeless and using emergency accommodation, and Fr Seán Donohoe at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin.   Photograph: Tom Honan

Marcus Coster (23), who has been in and out of homelessness since he was 15, says he has “basically no contact at all” with his family and friends due(...)

The Dylan Hotel in Dublin. “New hotels facilitate the expansion of the tourism industry, one of the purest export industries we have.”

Hotels are in the dog house in Dublin. The city’s councillors have decided to limit their development in a populist vote called on the back of the cl(...)

Simon Community chief executive Sam McGuinness said its expanded medical treatment facility had not been subject to objections from neighbours. Photograph: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES

The Simon Community has secured planning permission to expand the size of its medical treatment facility from 34 to 100 beds. The six-storey develop(...)

Ireland rugby fans  in Donny and Nesbitts pub in Dublin watching the Scotland game in the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

In Yokohama, the Irish rugby team stood against the flowers of Scotland. In Dublin, a group of men from very different backgrounds sat shoulder to sho(...)

Dublin Simon Community chief executive Sam McGuinness presents the winners’ trophy to Kennedy Wilson’s crew.

More than 1,000 people took part in the recent Dragons at the Docks property industry fundraiser at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. The dragon boat racing (...)

From left to right: Emily O’Brien, Dublin Simon Community, Niamh Boyle, The Reputations Agency, Barry O’Halloran, senior reporter at the Irish Times business section, Debbie Byrne, managing director of An Post Retail and Bryan Dobson, Quiz Master. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture it Photography

Calling all corporates: the Business Journalists Association of Ireland (BJAI) on Friday launches the 19th annual Corporate Challenge quiz, in aid of (...)

Michael, a Simon Communities of Ireland service user attended the launch of the charity’s  Closing the Door on Homelessness campaign. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic.

It’s almost 50 years since Michael, now 57 years old, took his first drink. That was the start of it, he explains, standing now in front of an instal(...)

Dublin Simon hopes to secure enough funding to buy 50 one- and two-bedroom units in the greater Dublin area over the next two years, with the properties expected to cost €250,000-plus each. Photograph: Alan Betson

There will be no tax benefit for wealthy philanthropists who lease property for free to Dublin Simon Community, under a new plan drawn up by the chari(...)

People sleeping rough in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Dublin Simon Community has launched an initiative to secure funding from wealthy business people to buy homes that would be leased for free to the(...)

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