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.(...)

Mary Ann O’Brien: “You must remember there was €4 billion of State funding swilling around in the charities sector with no proper oversight.”

Footage of Mercedes and Audi cars being taken into possession by the interim chief executive of Console over the weekend sent out a discordant image t(...)

Rimantas Mickevicius with his children Rafael (8) and Marija (7). In the background is a painting by his late wife, Frida. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rimantas Mickevicius had dedicated 10 years of his life to his air-conditioning and ventilation company when the business fell apart in 2004. Soon af(...)

Great leap forward: part of Energiesprong’s pilot, in the Netherlands. Photograph: Rogier Bos/Energiesprong

Upgrading our homes and offices so that they use less energy is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but in Ireland(...)

Blocks 1 and 2 at Market Yard

A modern supermarket investment and two high profile blocks which are multi-let to a bank and other traders at Main Street, Enfield, Co Meath, go for (...)

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