Pictured at the launch of the ability to work fund are Ailbhe Keane, a board member of SIFI, Lisa Cox, a member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy, Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Daniel Ryan, member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy and Tadhg Young,  State Street country head. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography 

A new €1.5 million fund has been created by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) and US financial services group State Street to offer more oppor(...)

Deirdre Mortell (left) chief executive of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Anne Finucane, chairwoman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A non-profit organisation has joined forces with Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community development to introduce a €1.8 million fun(...)

Joy Shaughnessy and Karl Flynn who run Kickboxing to Inspire and Challenge Kids in Tallaght. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

At first glance it looks like a standard gym circuit work-out. At the blast of a trainer’s whistle, the teenage participants move from station to stat(...)

Margaret Turley at the Trinity Centre for people with intellectual disabilities: now getting work experience at  consultancy firm EY and living away from home.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Margaret Turley went to a special school for children with intellectual disabilities, all she recalls is being told what she couldn’t do. “We we(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: “To be in a position to support and encourage innovative solutions to such fundamental social challenges is what good government is about.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Four innovative projects which use technology to tackle chronic social issues like homelessness and food waste have been selected for Ireland’s first (...)

 Aine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at UCC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BIOGRAPHY Áine Hyland has been one of the most influential figures in Irish education over the past 50 years. After serving initially as a civil se(...)

The poll of 1,000 people, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes, was commissioned by Equate, a new campaign group seeking equality for children in the education system. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 85 per cent of people believe the education system should be reformed to ensure no child is excluded on the basis of their religion, according (...)