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(...)

Greenfield Shopping Centre: on a 1-acre site 0.5km south of Maynooth railway station

With any number of private investors and small funds in search of good quality investment opportunities, two Dublin estate agents should have little d(...)

SVP volunteers in Cork who deliver food parcels to 200 families every week: Niall Hendrick, John Murray, Eamonn MacAmhlaoibh, Annette Butler, Kate Durrant and John McGregor.

Kate Durrant delivers food parcels every week to families with young children whose bare fridges and cupboards don’t even contain a scraped-out jar of(...)

St Vincent de Paul  said one in three calls it receives is related to food poverty. Photograph: Istock

New figures show 80,000 people in Ireland relied on food parcels last year from a fund to help Europe’s poorest families. Almost 1,000 tonnes of stap(...)

Prices rises at  Electric Ireland will add more than €100 a year to the bills of the average customer who uses both gas and electricity.

Ronan McGreevy Electric Ireland has announced it will increase residential electricity prices by 6.2 per cent and residential gas prices by 8 per ce(...)

“Charity shops are an important source of funding for a number of Irish charities and the work they do, and they depend on the public’s trust and generosity,” Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly said. File photograph: Getty Images

A Co Mayo woman has told a judge she set up an unregistered charity shop to assist local causes, including families suddenly bereaved who needed money(...)

The figures show that a new record total of 9,104 people were homeless during the month.

Campaigners have called for an “urgent reassessment” of the Government’s housing policy following record numbers of homeless people in emergency accom(...)

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