One of the Large Heath butterflies recorded in Co Kildare. File photograph: Tristram Whyte

Birds, bats, bogs and trees, as well as a unique championship for hedge-laying, are all set to benefit from new biodiversity grants from philanthropi(...)

Covid-19 has impacted many aspects of their lives, including family access arrangements, education, mental health and accommodation options for young people leaving care.

A new free legal advice clinic for children and young people in the care system commenced on Tuesday. The clinic, which seeks to empower children or (...)

Viewers of The Late Late Toy Show generated €6.5 million generated for services aimed at children. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Donations from private and corporate donors almost doubled in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Community Foundation for Ire(...)

Comedian Deirdre O’Kane, a member of the Comic Relief in Ireland steering group, said it was a ‘key step for the project and brings us closer again to delivering help to where it’s needed’.

Applications open from Tuesday for charities to apply for almost €6 million in funding raised in the RTÉ Does Comic Relief telethon. Charities workin(...)

Grassroots support: Together for Yes and Save the 8th say they have raised significant amounts from small donors. Photograph: Getty

Fundraising appeals by abortion-referendum campaigns have raised significant amounts from small donors, both sides have claimed. Together for Yes, wh(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has signed aspects of the new Sexual Offences Bill into law. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New laws criminalising the purchase of sex and introducing new offences relating to the sexual exploitation of children will take effect from Monday. (...)

Bridget Perrier, Fiona Broadfoot, Ne’cole Daniels and Rachel Moran, who gave testimonies about having survived prostitution, at the launch of the Turn Off The Red Light campaign at Leinster House  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women formerly involved in the sex industry have spoken of their experience of abuse, extreme violence and rape to lend their voices to a campaign fo(...)

“It is of real importance to young students who have given five years of study that their papers would be examined dispassionately, accurately and professionally.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has said teachers marking second-level examination papers should have more training. “It is currently only two d(...)

Gardaí have released a man they were questioning about alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal.

Gardaí have released a man they were questioning about alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal. The man, in his 40s, was released from custody at Let(...)

The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Health Service Executive (HSE) health service for women engaged in prostitution refers “about 10 women a year” to the Irish Family Planning Associat(...)

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