The rates charged are generally above 23 per cent annual percentage rate, which is high, and can run into three figure. Photograph: iStock

Coronavirus lockdowns have probably left quite a few families facing tough choices. At least some could find themselves seeking short-term loans as a (...)

Moneylenders will be barred from making unsolicited offers of new loans to customers who have recently repaid loans, or are close to doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New Central Bank rules will demand that moneylenders carry a high-interest warning on their ads while curbing their right to make unsolicited offers. (...)

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called on all general election candidates to agree that the next Dáil and Seanad will be committed to eliminating poverty in Ireland. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called on all general election candidates to agree that the next Dáil and Seanad will be committed to elim(...)

Growing up in the Cold: Children in the private-rented sector twice as likely to experience energy poverty as those in owner-occupied homes. File photograph: Getty

More than 140,000 children are living in homes that are cold and damp, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Growing Up in the Cold dispat(...)

The report found lone parents in the Republic were almost five times more likely to experience in-work poverty than other households with children, with 84 per cent of lone parents saying they were unable to meet unexpected expenses. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The poverty rate among Ireland’s working lone parents more than doubled in just five years from 2012 with their living standards now among the worst i(...)

St Vincent de Paul  said one in three calls it receives is related to food poverty. Photograph: Istock

New figures show 80,000 people in Ireland relied on food parcels last year from a fund to help Europe’s poorest families. Almost 1,000 tonnes of stap(...)

Junior Infant Luca McGlade at St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Record numbers of parents struggling to cover the cost of food, clothes, transition year, voluntary contributions and the technology some schools insi(...)