Designed specifically as an alternative to high-cost moneylenders, It Makes Sense Loans target those on social welfare payments. They are typically quick to receive – credit unions can enrol you as a member straight away, and can offer the loan either on the spot, or within 24 hours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Last week the Central Bank approved a new lender, UK-based Amigo, which will offer loans – each loan must have a guarantor – at rates of 49.9 per cent(...)

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

A number of organisations from health to housing to environmental groups have reacted to Tuesday’s budget with some calling it “very disappointing” an(...)

Half of the families interviewed for the study were in “the deepest level of income inadequacy”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Parents struggling to make ends meet regularly go without food, adequate clothing and social engagement, putting their children’s needs first, a landm(...)

According to studies, 49 per cent of millennials say they have turned down jobs that conflict with their personal ethics. Photograph: iStock

Does corporate social responsibility (CSR) matter to graduates? According to 2017 studies from Deloitte and PwC, it does, with 49 per cent of millenni(...)

 Christy Lynch, the South West Regional President of the charity, said while  he does not believe it was the man’s intention to spend the money on the race meeting, there had been reputational damage to St Vincent de Paul.

An “act of bravado” by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young(...)

It may surprise modern readers to know that 19th-century women could peruse this paper and find advertisements for both sanitary products and medicati(...)

The Department of Education does not have any power to force schools to cut the cost of uniforms or books for parents, according to internal records. (...)

It suggested that delays in processing the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection had placed additional pressure on families with limited incomes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul (SVP) has said it has seeen a 20 per cent increase in calls for back-to-school help this summer. The charity sai(...)

Gary Gannon: “When students from disadvantaged backgrounds go to Trinity or other universities, we often feel like we don’t fit in.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Adjusting to college can be tough and not all students will make it past their first year. Research from the Higher Education Authority suggests that (...)

Darragh Martin: an immensely skilled storyteller

“It seems premature to dismiss the effect of Catholicism on my – our? – generation. Catholicism is there, a pea at the bottom of a stack of mattresses(...)

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