Barnardos  said little progress had been made in delivering on a Government commitment to lift 100,000 children out of poverty by 2020.  Photograph: iStock

Almost one in every five children in Ireland still live below the poverty line despite the improving economy, Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures (...)

Flooding in Enniscorthy during Storm Deirdre. Photograph: Liam Ruth/Twitter

Thousands of homes and businesses have been left without electricity as Storm Deirdre moves across Ireland. A status orange weather warning is in pla(...)

Rolf Eggenberger, president of district election office Stadtkreis 3, empties a ballot box as his deputy Christoph Holenstein looks on in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to give the country’s laws priority over international law, a move that critics claimed would have deeply damage(...)

Google has launched a $25m fund to develop humanitarian AI

As part of its new programme called AI for Social Good, Google. org has launched its AI Impact Challenge which will provide $25 million (€22 million) (...)

It suggested that delays in processing the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection had placed additional pressure on families with limited incomes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul (SVP) has said it has seeen a 20 per cent increase in calls for back-to-school help this summer. The charity sai(...)

SVP volunteers in Cork who deliver food parcels to 200 families every week: Niall Hendrick, John Murray, Eamonn MacAmhlaoibh, Annette Butler, Kate Durrant and John McGregor.

Kate Durrant delivers food parcels every week to families with young children whose bare fridges and cupboards don’t even contain a scraped-out jar of(...)

Pope Francis blesses a child in Saint Peter’s Square: Irish Catholics  have to deal with  a kind of casual sectarianism that the cultural elite would find unthinkable in relation to Muslims. Photograph: Tony Gentile

The news reports when Pope Francis comes to Ireland in August will be utterly predictable. There will be the “nothing like 1979” articles written by p(...)

Prof John Monaghan: he first became involved with the SVP in 1985 in Leixlip, Co Dublin, and from then to 2010 remained an active member locally. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) stalwart and vice-president Prof John Monaghan (73) has died at Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross (...)

SVP Christmas appeal: children from St Margaret’s National School, in Co Dublin,  perform at launch of the charity’s annual appeal by Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul has criticised Government politicians’ recent comments about homelessness. Speaking at the launch o(...)

Junior Infant Luca McGlade at St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Record numbers of parents struggling to cover the cost of food, clothes, transition year, voluntary contributions and the technology some schools insi(...)

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