Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & author of the report on the death of Savita Hallappanavar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Eighth Amendment “played a major role” in the death of Savita Halappanavar during pregnancy, a leading international expert in obstetrics has said(...)

Anthony Treacy  faces eviction from his private rented home in  Clongriffin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anthony Treacy (77) is “hurt and terrified” at the thought of having to leave his home in Clongriffin, Dublin, early next year. After almost a decad(...)

Anne Foley: “If you have money you can buy a psychiatrist or a psychologist, or you can buy services for your child if they need them.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Anne Foley (54) describes feeling “absolutely worthless” in a hospital emergency department when her mood so low she could hardly speak. Having told (...)

The 2016 census found the majority (80.2 per cent) of the 10,653 Travellers in the labour force are unemployed. Stock image: The Irish Times

More Travellers are going to college but educational attainment among their number “continues to lag significantly behind” that of the general populat(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said some 5,900 new “units” of social housing would be provided next year by local authorities and approved housing bodies, either through building or acquisition. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Measures announced in Budget 2018 will lead to the provision in 2018 of just 31 social homes over and above the number committed to last year by the G(...)

Providing the poorest children in the State with an additional €3 a week would have cost about €62.4 million. This Fine Gael Government made a choice about how much the poorest children would get.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finally, the weekly welfare payment to the poorest children in the State is being increased. After an eight-year “freeze”, the Child Dependant Allowan(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency says it cannot “be precise” on how mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, which comes into force on December (...)

Jobseekers under 26, who are on reduced rates, will receive the €5 increase. Stock photograph: Frank Miller

All weekly social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 26th, 2018, while the qualified child payment – which is paid for each child to pare(...)

Seán Phillips and his wife, Norma: “We told these men that this guy was threatening to kill our family, our kids,” Mr Phillips says. “We definitely think the Garda saw Crevan as ‘don’t touch’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The family of a young woman seriously injured in the same incident in which Garda Tony Golden was murdered two years ago today, are demanding a “full (...)

Brendan Maginnis (13) has severe cerebral palsy, uncontrolled epilepsy and scoliosis: the Irish Disability Federation has said there is a “dire lack of appropriate housing” for people with disabilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The single mother of a severely disabled child, who is “trapped” in the private-rented market and unable to access suitable housing, is an example of (...)