Clodagh Kelly and Katie Harrington, aka 'Climate Queens', only buy second-hand clothing, or swap items with friends. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Around 100 billion items of clothing are delivered out of garment factories around the world every year. Collectively, the world’s population buys 400(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he says  the “affordability gap” for housing will not be  bridged by the levelling off of prices  alone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Institutional landlords have brought new housing supply on stream that otherwise would not have existed, according to a panel at the National Economic(...)

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons, a conference in Limerick will be told today. Image: iStock.

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons with millennials most(...)

Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh (second from left) with Martin Woods, Niall Dennehy, Danny Curran and Nicola Paoli of Aid:Tech at the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018. Photograph: Conor McCabe.

A system which creates a permanent and immutable record of charitable donations, from the point of giving right through to how they are spent on the g(...)

Ger O’Donovan, principal of St Mary’s on the Hill national school, Knocknaheeny, Cork City. A major barrier facing Deis schools, he says, is their reliance on over-stretched public services for assessments. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s a short distance from Knocknaheeny on Cork’s northside to the gates of University College Cork. But it’s a route that crosses some of the deepest(...)

Nest Home

For a growing number of home hunters, tiny is the new big. More than just a style of architecture, it’s a complete ideology. “Tiny living is part of (...)

President Michael D Higgins lauded the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s ‘exceptional network of solidarity’ with poorer people at its anniversary event in the Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has praised the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul which he described as an “exceptional network of solidarity” wit(...)

A report, on behalf of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and published this year, highlights how important it is for people with dementia to feel connected to their local community. File photograph: Getty Images

The lack of a national network of services and supports to enable people to live well with dementia in Ireland is well recognised, but there are local(...)

The latest analysis from the St Vincent de Paul shows that between 2012 and 2017, while the economy recovered and unemployment levels fell, the poverty rate among working lone parents more than doubled. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A rising economic tide does not lift all boats, as a succession of studies has shown. The least well off fall further behind and become trapped in per(...)

The report found lone parents in the Republic were almost five times more likely to experience in-work poverty than other households with children, with 84 per cent of lone parents saying they were unable to meet unexpected expenses. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The poverty rate among Ireland’s working lone parents more than doubled in just five years from 2012 with their living standards now among the worst i(...)

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