Susan Morgan with Aaron (16), Sara (14) and Abu (5) at home in Labasheeda, Co Clare. “We were very lucky to get this beautiful house. I have a big kitchen-dining room, and this big utility room.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Mother and children made transition to rural life after facing ongoing housing problems

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said modular housing units should be in place before Christmas. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Peter McVerry says Minister for Environment can’t solve problem on his own

Testing experience: last year more than 1,000 abortion pills were seized in the post before they reached the Irish women who had ordered them. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

An increasing number of women are opting to terminate pregnancies in Ireland itself

Manager Elaine Burnett and volunteer Jane O’Connor with a resident of Cuan Álainn women’s refuge, run by Respond housing association, which is due to close in December this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cuan Álainn facility has not received funding required from Tusla in order to stay open

Up to 500 modular housing units will be provided by the spring as family emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Housing could be in place in four months under Alan Kelly’s new procurement process

Angela Coughlan with just some of her grandchildren that live with her in her two-bedroom house in Ballyfermot where she lives with the rest of her children. Photograph: The Irish Times

Angela Coughlan felt she had no choice but to take in her daughter and six grandchildren

A value-for-money review has been ordered into all bodies engaged in combatting homelessness to see “if there is inefficiency or duplication that needs to be addressed”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for the Community Alan Kelly orders action out of concern at overlap, duplication

Prof Eoin O’Sullivan said what was needed was to move people through homeless services as quickly as possible and straight into housing, with supports if necessary. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Focus on emergency shelter ‘expensive and ineffective’, Dublin conference hears

Nadine Garland (18) with her one-year-old son Hunter, in the Dublin B&B where they are living. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Nadine Garland (18) and her son Hunter have been living in a Dublin B&B for two months

A  Housing Agency report  has set out the “considerable hardship” experienced by homeless families. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Report highlights unsafe conditions and health risks in emergency accommodation

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he was “very impressed” with modular housing and “felt it a very good solution” to the homeless problem. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister concerned at extent of increases and subsequent impact on rolling homeless crisis

Traveller housing association Cena will deliver a four-bay halting site in Galway city. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cena to deliver four-bay halting site in Galway city and four units in Co Offaly by 2017

Apartment rents were up by 9.4 per cent in the capital, statistics from the Private Residential Tenancies Board show. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Average Dublin monthly rent for house was €1,387 and for apartment was €1,260

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has issued a statement to accompany the publication of the monthly homeless persons data.  He notes an increase of lmost 20 per cent, in the number of homeless adults since December 2014,. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Almost 5,000 people in temporary shelter across State, Department of Environment says

New charges and cuts to allowances have had ‘real impact’, says charity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charity’s pre-budget submission calls for increases in pension and living-alone allowance

 Paul Murphy greeting a supporter at a protest over the policing of the anti-water charges movement at the Central Bank in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Attempts to ‘intimidate’ or ‘silence’ anti-water charges movement will not work, crowd told

None of the measures in next month’s budget which have been recently flagged by media have been agreed by Cabinet and some have not even been discussed at Cabinet, Leo Varadkar has said.   File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Some measures reported in media have not been discussed, Minister for Health says

Ms Y came to the attention of the HSE in mid-July 2014. Photograph: Thinkstock

Asylum seeker’s solicitor invited to comment on a draft review of HSE’s July 2014 decision

1,275 children in 607 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month

Valerie Cummins and Michael McDonagh from Crosscare with Tánaiste  Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Crosscare to provide 750 tonnes of food to communities by end of year

Suitcases signifying the Irish women who travel abroad to access abortion services, outside the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Figures show almost 1,500 women visited Dutch clinics between 2006 and 2013

Former Hazel Hotel, in Monasterevin, Co Kildare: during their stay, the refugees will receive any necessary medical attention and will be offered English classes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hotel to serve as ‘orientation centre’ to accommodate 520 refugees by end of next year

Dublin local authorities’ open modular housing demonstration project in Dublin. Pictured is the exterior of  a dwelling by Modular Homes Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin councils review ‘cellular’ homes which can be assembled on-site within a day

At the launch of National Women’s Council of Ireland’s  pre-budget submission were (from left): Alice-Mary Higgins, policy and campaigns officer, NWCI; Linda Brennan, parent and women’s champion at Symantec; Aileen Morrissey of Mandate,  and Orla O’Connor, director, NWCI. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Full review of changes to One Parent Family Payment also critical, insists NWCI

Refugees aboard the  Irish Naval vessel LE Niamh en route to Palermo, Sicily after they were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea when their boat capsized. Photograph:  Irish Defence Forces/PA

The predictable chorus that we ‘must look after our own first’ is depressing

Minister Frances Fitzgerald:   the Department of Justice said the refugees would only be in the centres for a number of weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Refugee council ‘deeply concerned’ about the 4,000 people already in the centres, some of who have been there for a decade

The Crosscare report says “at least 80” non-nationals Crosscare had dealt with who should have been assisted by the CPS were instead referred on to the New Communities Unit (NCU) run by the Department of Social Protection.   File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council’s central placement service ‘refused’ services to non-nationals

A Crosscare report says the central placement service, which allocates emergency accommodation on behalf of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, has for “questionable reasons” been turning away migrants who have a right to housing support here. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Region Homeless Executive turning away migrants for ‘questionable reasons’

Detective Inspector Kajsa Wahlberg: “Prostitution is viewed as violence against women, and the majority of women in this world are hurt by it – physically and mentally.”

Swedish detective inspector says legislation should have gender-equality perspective

A section of the crowd gathered at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay in solidarity  with people seeking refuge in Europe.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds gather in Dublin to express solidarity with people seeking refuge in Europe

 Migrants on the railway tracks near Tatabanya, 57km west of Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Balazs Mohai/EPA/

Bloc urged to accept up to 200,000 extra refugees as states divided on how to act

   Frances Fitzgerald: made commitment to take ‘programme refugees’ in May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Refugees to get orientation programme before transfer to other parts of country

Uplift will host an event at the Famine Memorial at Customs House Quay in Dublinon Friday to show solidarity with refugees. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Uplift calls for people to ‘pledge a bed’ to help the thousands fleeing conflict and poverty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. Photograph: Getty

Kenny says he instucted Minister Fitzgerald to attend crisis meeting with ‘flexible mind’

Department of the Environment sources indicated that the changes will produce at least 4,000 extra units of social housing between now and 2020. Photograph: PA

Requirement to set aside 20% for social houses halved in bid to drive homebuilding

A spokesman for the Minister said he had  committed to funding the refurbishment of “as many voids as Dublin City Council can refurbish”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Commitment to fund refurbishment of empty council houses and flats

More people are remaining homeless for longer than six months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin Region Homeless Executive report shows situation is getting worse

Educate Together says more than 250 children  are expecting to start their second-level education in the planned schools in Dublin and Cork next year. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Organisation claims Government has still not revealed where schools will be located

A student receives their Leaving Cert results. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Higher Education Authority says it will ‘look sympathetically’ on paying third-level costs

Immanuel Chirwa (18), who sat this year’s Leaving Cert while living in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Immanuel Chirwa (18) is one of 22 asylum seekers who sat this year’s Leaving Cert

Principals of 10 Educate Together schools have called for the admissions policy of a planned new school  to be changed.  Photograph: Stephen Shepherd/The Image Bank/Getty Images

School bosses say that enrolment practice at new institution has ‘no basis in Irish law’

Correspondence between the Department of Education and Educate Together has revealed tensions over enrolment policies in new schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tensions over Department directive that schools prioritise children from local areas

Nicole Tyrrell  and her daughter Avery (2),  Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Athiest parents would prefer an Educate Together school but fear catchment ruling

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with Alice Leahy, director of Trust, a charity providing medical and related services for people who are homeless, during a visit to the organisation’s Dublin premises. Photograph: PA

Kelly calls on departments of Social Protection, Children and Health to focus on issue

The proposed legislation would prohibit a sitting tenant’s eviction if they had no alternative accommodation. Photograph: PA

Concern mounts over role of repossessions in contributing to advancing homeless crisis

The Equality Tribunal, in a judgment just published, said Marks & Spencer (Ireland) had taken a “callous approach” with  former sales adviser Bernie Clavin, who had been with the company seven years, and had treated her with “profound discourtesy”. File photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Equality Tribunal says retailer’s Irish arm took ‘callous approach’ with sales adviser

The number of families becoming homeless, especially in Dublin, has been going up since last summer

A protest against homelessness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Housing boss says local authorities will help Dublin homeless but face existing pressures

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

Government will consider scheme to relocate families to vacant homes across the country

The ISPCC says it is “deeply concerned” at the numbers of households with children becoming homeless and living in accommodation it calls “unsuitable” and “ill-equipped to meet their needs”. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

ISPCC calls for urgent construction of hundreds of prefabricated housing units

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Charities say family homelessness crisis must be treated as ‘national emergency’

Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Family homelessness predicament is spiralling out of control

Tawa Awobinpe with children Malik (5), Mubarak (12), Faridah (on lap 18mths) and Tunde (6) in Edel House, Grattan St, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision

Case Study: Tawa Awonbinpe, originally from Nigeria, was given notice to quit

There is no legal obligation on the local authority to provide housing services to homeless people. Photograph: Reuters

Call comes after family with three children under six sleep on the street for three nights

Policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to 500 delegates pass resolution at International Council Meeting in Dublin

A family with three children  under the age of six were sleeping rough around Mountjoy Square in Dublin last night. Photograph: Alan Betson

The family, with children aged 5, 4 and 2, were sleeping around Mountjoy Square

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Group says opposition from local authorities and lenders is causing project to ‘struggle’

Of 2,984 cases   put forward for the scheme just 110, or 3 per cent, have been completed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Housing Agency data shows seven areas in which not one case has been processed

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Problem outside Dublin increasing at almost three times the rate in capital

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has issued a statement following reports  the Central Bank was warned in 2009  of possible issues with the conduct of the entire banking sector in its treatment of borrowers who may have been entitled to tracker mortgage rates. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Denial of option of moving to tracker rate linked to repossession of 22 homes

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President says Europe’s reaction to events in Mediterranean is ‘grossly inadequate’

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Speech entitled ‘Campaigning for Human Rights in the Contemporary World’

A child migrant  is brought aboard the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix after being rescued from an overloaded wooden boat 16km off the coast of Libya, August 6th, 2015. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

‘We are sleepwalking into a great alienation of our European publics,’ President says

Amnesty International stages a protest against Ireland’s abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Up to 500 members of human rights organisation to meet in Dublin this weekend

Dublin woman and her three children could not access emergency accommodation

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin following her time in Egypt where she met with Ibrahim Halawa. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Trial of Dubliner was adjourned for a 10th time last weekend

Almost 1,000 repossession orders were granted in the courts in the first six months of this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork Circuit Court registers the highest number of repossession orders – clocking 123

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former centre in Longford, recently a guesthouse, houses asylum seekers again

“We were all called racist names”: Colin Brennan, at home in Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Mixed Race Irish group is calling for the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation to confront the racism endured by(...)

‘I lived in a state of pure terror’: Rosemary Adaser, co-founder of the group Mixed Race Irish.  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation urged to confront the racism endured by children taken into care and abused be(...)

The proposed legislation would cover hate crimes such as those motivated by   race,	ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Irish Council for Civil Liberties says such attacks are currently not fully acknowledged

Ireland had the highest birth rate and one of the lowest death rates in the EU last year

Ireland’s birthrate at 14.4 per 1,000 people was highest in 28 countries of EU

Emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Exhibition aims to promote its usefulness as a temporary form of quality accommodation

Anti-abortion protesters are seeing marching in Dublin’s O’Connell St last weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

Poll for Amnesty says 10% know women face a 14-year term for an unlawful abortion

Seamus Farrell of the Irish Housing Network in the Bolt Hostel on Bolton Street, Dublin: “When you see so many buildings like this boarded up, and thousands of people who need a roof over their heads, direct action like this is common sense”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Irish Housing Network says direct action needed when so many Nama buildings empty

One of the key recommendations of the Tusla study is that the focus of childcare policy must broaden from just the early years. There is a necessity for “high quality childcare at all stages of childhood”.  -

Access to childcare outside ECCE hours dependent on parents’ income and education

A father dresses his son at their home. A Túsla-commissioned study is the first in Ireland to look at the influence of childcare arrangements from infancy (nine months) up to the age of nine years, on a child’s physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. File photograph: Casper Hedberg/The New York Times

Young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills by same age, says Túsla research

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, said the organisation’s telephone  information line was something of a “social thermometer for issues affecting people in Ireland”. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

‘Binding laws’ urged to replace bank codes of conduct on dealing with people in serious debt

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste challenged over child poverty, homelessness and jobseekers rates

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly proposed rent regulation in February, but we have yet to see any plan.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rents have spiralled while current rent caps are so low as to be untenable

The Child and Family Agency Tusla said it  had initiated measures to address the concerns.

Hiqa found a failure to notify suspected abuse cases to gardaí in a timely manner

Cheeverstown House, Dublin.

Inspectors find serious shortcomings at Dublin centre for intellectual disabilities

Notices requiring immediate action on unsafe practices at the HSE-run Cregg House centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Sligo have not been acted on, the State’s health watchdog has said. Image: Google Streetview.

HSE-run facility for people with intellectual disabilities had ‘insufficient’ governance

 African migrants become upset  as Italian police attempt to remove them at the Franco-Italian border between Menton and Ventimiglia during June 2015. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Fine Gael TD John Deasy says ‘unwise’ to act without clearer picture of African migration

The final report was brought to Cabinet this morning by Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin but has yet to be approved by Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Report says asylum seekers should be allowed work after nine months in system

Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I want it implement in full. I don’t see any reason for long departmental discussions about which parts should or can be implemented.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government report predicts savings of over €195m if recommendations are implemented

“We cry. We are not happy like this. In school I keep thinking about this,” wrote one child. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

‘I want my mum to cook for me always, and I want a puppy’ writes one child in working group report

A couple takes part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Organisers say 2015 parade twice as big in wake of same-sex marriage referendum

Thousands celebrate Gay Pride just weeks after Ireland voted for same-sex marriage

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe

Body says the enrolment policy exemption for older schools ‘could be discriminatory’

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group says families with children presenting to rough sleeper services for the first time

RTÉ plans to make Angelus slot accessible to ‘all faiths and none’

Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt  along with 420 others since August 2013

Irish Human Rights Commission was split over whether to call for teenager’s release

Cuts imposed during the financial crisis disproportionately hurt the “disadvantaged and marginalised” and must be phased out, a United Nations committee has said.

Panel concerned at increase in numbers at-risk of or living in consistent poverty

Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Emily Logan says response to crisis disproportionately focused on spending cuts

On women’s sexual and reproductive health, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights said it was concerned at Ireland’s “highly restrictive legislation on abortion”. File photograph: Getty Images

Economic, social and cultural rights panel also calls for referendum on position of women in society

A rally in support of the Greek people was held on Dublin’s  Parliaent Street today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former rugby player calls on the Government to do more at Dublin rally

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “You cannot solve big issues with small politics. And inequality is one of those issues – if not the issue.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Joan Burton describes treatment of Clerys employees as act of ‘predator capitalism’

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