Last year, almost €1.3 million was paid in fines to the poor box in courts across the country. File photograph: Collins Courts

A district court judge yesterday abolished the poor box in his court – but only in name. At the outset of the sitting of Ennis District Court, Judge(...)

FG TD Noel Rock did not attend the hearing which proceeded in his absence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has been fined more than €3,000 for breaking litter laws with his “keep the recovery going” posters. The 28-year-old Dublin No(...)

So goodbye again. (Again.) Thanks for reading. For caring. For understanding

"Are you on strike from your column?” my friend asks, her face filled with concern. As it happened, I’d just been to see the magnificent Billy Elli(...)

Wind energy: one of the biggest beneficiaries from the rise in the Public Service Obligation. Photograph: EPA/JENS BUETTNER

The Government is facing growing pressure to end a costly system of supports for the renewable energy industry that has drawn criticism from some majo(...)

The university lecturer who taught you on the way to your degree could be working in Spar to maintain an income during these summer months. Photograph: iStockphoto

Three years ago, in a letter to The Irish Times on the subject of inequality and mental health, psychiatrist Brendan Kelly quoted 19th-century German (...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar arriving at the pre-budget forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A young man who said he was living on €7 a day was among those who questioned Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at a pre-budget forum in Du(...)

It’s all about the beach at Sunshine House, Balbriggan, where St Vincent de Paul host children for a week’s summer holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a bright yellow flag flying outside a building that looks like an old convent on Church Street in Balbriggan. It’s the official flag of the Su(...)

Homeless men Tommy Donnelly and Jay Bissett  outside the offices of Wicklow County Council in Bray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A disabled homeless man hospitalised a week ago when his health deteriorated after living in a tent for more than two months, and who was discharged (...)

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The charities sector in Ireland is a pretty crowded space. There is also lots of duplication, which means it is quite territorial. It can make for i(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone speaking to frontline homeless agencies to discuss measures to assist homeless children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she would like to halve the number of children who are homeless within her first year in Government.(...)

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