Tony Geoghegan

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Merchants Quay Ireland co-founder Tony Geoghegan said it was “hard to be optimistic at the moment” about housing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Greater “bravery” is needed from political leaders in tackling the drugs and homelessness crises, according to Tony Geoghegan, co-founder of Merchants(...)

  Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland,  has announced he will retire at the end of September. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The co-founder and chief executive of Merchants Quay Ireland, the drug treatment service, has announced his retirement. Tony Geoghegan announced he (...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said the appointments ‘bring significant legal, academic and practical expertise’ to the organisation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has appointed five new members to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Mr Higgins presented the warrants of a(...)

  Tony Geoghegan of Merchants Quay Ireland said  the supervised injecting facility will save lives. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Injecting drug addicts will be able to do so under medical supervision when the first facility for them opens in Dublin city centre by the end of this(...)

A concrete plan to end rough sleeping is needed,  Merchant’s Quay Ireland chief executive Tony Geoghegan said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Many homeless adults are becoming drug and alcohol addicts after becoming homeless, according to the largest voluntary drug rehabilitation service. M(...)

Merchant’s Quay Ireland drug treatment centre in  Dublin. Image: Google Streetview

The largest voluntary drug treatment service in the State experienced “unprecedented” demand across its services last year, as “poverty, hunger, addic(...)

Illustration: Mustafa Hacalaki/Getty

Impact Journalism Day (June 25th, 2016) focuses on solutions-based journalism. Fifty-five leading media organisations from 50 countries, including Th(...)

Impact Journalism Day is organised by Paris-based social enterprise, SparkNews.

The Irish Times and more than 50 other media outlets will take part in an international initiative this weekend reporting on how social, environmental(...)

More than 10,000 people received methadone last year as a treatment for drug addiction. Photograph: Getty Images

Health authorities are seeking funding for the roll-out of an alternative to methadone for treating people with heroin and other opiate drug addict(...)

Philip (43) has been in recovery and using methadone for the past 15 years. He says he would welcome any alternative which could help his rehabilitation. Photograph: The Irish Times

The first thing Philip (43) does each morning after waking up is to reach for a plastic bottle with green liquid. “It’s sweet, a bit like cough medici(...)

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