Sr Stanislaus Kennedy. Photograph: Alan Betson

The depiction of the Sisters of Charity during the recent controversy over the transfer of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s hospital wa(...)

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(...)

Focus Ireland supported more than 12,500 people who had no home or were at risk of losing their home last year. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It is common for at least 10 families with children to still be waiting for emergency accommodation by midnight on any given night, Focus Ireland has (...)

“The number of addicts and people with psychiatric issues sleeping rough on our streets seems larger.” Photograph: The Irish Times

In November 1988 I wrote in the Irish Press about Marese, a homeless woman who lived in a cardboard box across from the Dáil. “There’s a lady in a box(...)

The health of family carers is good or very good though most have had the experience of being mentally or physically drained by caring, according to research. Photograph: iStockphoto

If there is one thing you wouldn’t associate with an A&E department, it’s meditation. But at a recent conference organised by the Sanctuary, the (...)

Stampede by Vera Klute

Breeding Ground – Vera Klute  Molesworth Gallery, Dublin ★★★★ For an artist whose work is rooted in what might be termed everyday domesticity,(...)

Caroline Keeling of Keelings: the company is using Focus Ireland’s Employment Focus initiative to find staff. Photograph:  Alan Betson

In the US they say you’re only ever one pay cheque away from being on the streets. While the situation is arguably better in Ireland, the impact of jo(...)

Members of the Young Social Innovators Youth Panel and advocates, from left, Jason Yeates, Aaron Brazil, Diana Bunici, TV presenter Jack Dooley, Kirsty Real and Nicole Greenan at the launch of a new partnership between Ulster Bank and Young Social Innovators. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anti-water charge protests, domestic violence and youth suicide were some of the life experiences that inspired teenage social innovators to take acti(...)

Government decisions were directly forcing people into homelessness, the founder of the main charity in Dublin working with homeless families has said(...)

A homeless man in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A scheme to relocate hundreds of homeless Dublin families to vacant homes around the country will be considered by Government in the autumn. Work on (...)

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