Third-class students at Our lady of Lourdes National School in Goldenbridge, Dublin, enjoying their hot lunches. File photograph: Alan Betson

A total of 470 primary schools countrywide have been refused a place on a Government-funded pilot scheme to give children a hot meal during the day. (...)

The scrapping of the poor box system and its replacement with a more transparent auditing system with monies to go to victims of crime was recommended almost 20 years ago. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Almost €1.74 million was paid out from the court poor box to various charities in 2018, according to figures released by the Courts Service. The sum (...)

Some 140,000 children are living in consistent poverty.

Almost 140,000 children in Ireland are living in consistent poverty and one-parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty as the (...)