Allowance for those in direct provision to increase by €6 a week for children and by €2.50 for adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

An increase in the direct provision allowance to €21.60 a week for adults and children is “offensively minuscule” and shows “no understanding whatsoev(...)

This week alone, there was yet another damning report from Geoffrey Shannon pointing towards  a systemically flawed after-hours service for vulnerable children

I have been thinking about my mother a lot recently. She will be 18 years dead this October. I find myself remembering odd things, like finding her w(...)

Abhaile chairperson Ita Mangan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  and Abhaile chief executive Angela Black.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) and the Citizens Information services (CIS) are acknowledged to be invaluable services that are embedded(...)

Happy days: children enjoy the adventure of going away and having their parents to themselves for seven days

When one of my teenage sons started rhapsodising at the dinner table one dark winter’s evening about how that summer’s holiday had been “one of the be(...)

The man was taking prescribed anti-depression and anti-psychotic medication and this was administered by injection the day before he died. Library photograph: iStock

A man took his own life the day before his mortgage payment was due, an inquest heard on Tuesday. The father-of-one, who had been suffering from depr(...)

The Society of St Vincent de Paul said  the structural changes under discussion required “careful implementation through a sensitive process”.

The largest voluntary charity in the State supporting people in poverty has expressed concern about a proposed restructuring of the Government-funded (...)

Participants set off from the starting line at Collins Barracks. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy/The Irish Times

A palpable mix of trepidation and excitement was in the air at Collins Barracks on Saturday morning as 166 students set off to far-flung destinations (...)

 Neighbours placed flowers and teddy bears at the scene of an apartment fire in Cluainin Cronan in Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Were it not for the firefighters, gardaí, reporters and cameramen outside the small apartment block in the Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, (...)

There are about 300 charity shops in Ireland, run by charities such as Age Action, Irish Cancer Society, NCBI, Oxfam and SVP and staffed by volunteers. Photograph: iStockphoto

If you’re in the midst of a spring clean and declutter, you may have a collection of bags and boxes ready to be dropped to your local charity shop (or(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In 2016, Ireland took back the Somme “into our self–understanding and identity”, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. Ho(...)

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