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(...)

The Society of St Vincent de Paul said  the structural changes under discussion required “careful implementation through a sensitive process”.

The largest voluntary charity in the State supporting people in poverty has expressed concern about a proposed restructuring of the Government-funded (...)

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(...)

Focus Ireland founder Sr Stanislaus Kennedy with fundraising co-director Sinéad Compton and her two children Aaron and Meabh at the launch of the Christmas appeal. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Charities supporting homeless people and those living in poverty are urging the public to support them ahead of a “challenging time” for their service(...)

Electoral posters against and in favour  of the immigration referendum. Now the Swiss are in the unenviable position of providing a test case for Brexit negotiations. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The British vote to leave the European Union could not have come at a worse time for the Swiss, who are struggling to salvage their relationship with (...)

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