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(...)

Food parcels: for many of those queuing on Thursday, it was their first time seeking help. Photograph: Frank Miller

A food bank in Limerick ran out of food parcels after handing out 2,500 of them to struggling families and individuals in the city on Thursday. The s(...)

‘Fundamentalist Catholics’?

Sir, – Fr Joe McVeigh offers some ideas as to how the Catholic Church might address the problems of falling church attendance and an ageing population(...)

The EU VAT directive does not allow charities to claim VAT incurred on goods and services back directly. Photograph: iStock

Charities could benefit by up to €40 million a year if they were able to claim back value added tax (VAT), an industry body has said, after Minister (...)

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland: “The reduction in the rates of Universal Social Charge is  a welcome development as it will reduce the cost of creating employment and supports all workers across the economy.” File photograph: Getty Images

Strong reactions, positive and negative, to Budget 2017 are being felt. Here are some of the more notable responses. Public investment must be priori(...)

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(...)

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