Elaine Byrne: The only difference between a drugs victim and a ‘junkie’ is their address
For as long as we empathise only with middle-class addicts, we will fail to tackle crises like the ‘tsunami’ of crack cocaine in the less leafy green suburbs
I have never seen Mary angry. She is in her 70s and enjoying retirement with her grandchildren – those who are still alive.
Mary, whose named has been changed for this article, is the perfect portrait of a typical Irish mammy. She is a force to be reckoned with, always has the last word and is fiercely protective and proud of her children. Strong, caring and doting are words that immediately come to mind when...
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James McDermott: If cash is no longer king, it shouldn’t be persona non grata either
The rush to replace our legal tender with credit card and smartphone payments disadvantages the more vulnerable in society, not to mention the fact that technology has a habit of breaking down
Redress scheme for school abused is failing survivors, Council of Ministers is told
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission tells council that Ireland is taking a defensive position ‘informed by suspicion and distrust’ in relation to redress for those abused in the school system
Students and unemployed may be trained to work as homecare workers
Despite an increased budget, difficulty in recruiting staff means 5,000 people are still on the waiting list for visits
Job Path employment scheme ‘has not delivered value for money for taxpayer’
Unpublished report from Public Accounts Committee says programme should be replaced with ‘non-profit driven employment services’