Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry, human rights campaigner Michael Farrell and migrant rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At least 500,000 people in the Republic are in housing situations that are causing them “serious distress”, homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry h(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

Sinead Pembroke, who works at TCD’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family. I don’t have the security or the finance. It’s the source of a lot of anxiety. Many others in the same boat are constantly thinking about applying for the next job.”Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinéad Pembroke (31) used to think precarious work was a brief rite of passage for academics in the early stages of their careers. Now, she says, she(...)

Third Level Workplace Watch: temporary, part-time and casual staff protest at Maynooth University with a recruitment stall for a ‘Discount University’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some lecturers say that they are being denied job security and have for years been relying on a few hours of teaching here and there. Many, if not (...)