Tesco workers picketing outside Tesco Metro in Drumcondra, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Department of Social Protection says weekly tax-free payment not suspended

Stray horses are rounded up in Southill in Limerick. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Group wants funding for facilities to keep horses and educate disadvantaged locals

A protest   outside the Department   of Justice  organised in conjunction with the Irish Refugee Council to mark the 15th anniversary of  direct provision. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Those applying for refugee status must now fill in ‘complicated’ 60-page application form

Several hospitals have said that patients frequently become homeless while in hospital

Children’s hospitals note rise in destitution and increased workload for social workers

Vanessa Lacey, health and education officer with Transgender Equality Network Ireland, said sex-change procedure was not one undertaken lightly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

Six Irish residents underwent ‘sex-change’ surgery abroad, with 22 others transitioning

 People Before Profit  candidate Eamonn McCann,    with  daughter Kitty Holland, in the Foyle constituency. Photograph:  Trevor McBride

Kitty Holland goes canvassing with the People Before Profit candidate in Derry

A Department of Justice executive committed to a review of legislation criminalising the purchase of sex to assess its impact on the  rights of sex workers. Photograph: Getty Images

Institutional abuse and traveller ethnicity among issues raised by UN committee

A photograph by a former tenant of the house in Portobello in Dublin, in which up to 16 young women have been living in three bedrooms.

Young women sharing Dublin house told they have few rights as owner lives there too

People renting a room in someone’s home have almost no rights and are among the most vulnerable tenants in the State, housing experts have warned.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Housing specialists call for more protections and legislation for Rent-a-Room tenants

The chief executive of Tusla said he has sent a written apology to the McCabes today. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ministers strongly criticise Minister for Children for failing to disclose knowledge of case

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin  Lynn Boylan: ‘We seem to have a particularly poor record in using EU funding compared to other member states.’

Ireland only spent half of its allocation from bloc’s integration fund between 2007-2015

 Ruth Coppinger TD: “There is not much evidence of rebuilding Ireland when less houses were built under this Minister than the last.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

AAA-PBP criticises promises made by Minister for Housing Simon Coveney as hollow

Grace Burke, Future Voices, Emily Logan, chief commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and Jodie Clarke, Future Voices, at the launch of  a human rights    report in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph:  Stuart McNamara

Report ahead of State’s appearance at UN committee calls for action on austerity

Frances Fitzgerald: ‘Irish society faces considerable risks if integration is not supported by Government, by communities and individuals.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Expert says a national action plan against racism is needed to avoid issues developing

John McGuinness TD: his proposal comes amid growing concerns that large-scale repossessions by vulture funds will lead to the next wave of homelessness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John McGuinness urges setting-up of agency to protect troubled mortgage-holders

Resident “Danny” in the Respond facility: “The kids are sleeping better, loving having a routine.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cost of Respond service at High Park Family Hub estimated to be 70% of a hotel room

Homeless woman Denise McCoy, who has had a stroke and is partially paralysed, is ‘terrified’ of being discharged from hospital. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I could see people stoned, laughing,’ says Denise McCoy (52) who is paralysed on one side

Residents and volunteers painting a sign in Apollo House in Dublin in January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Group aims to be a ‘permanent, citizens’ intervention in the homelessness crisis’

Sounding and looking weak, hunger striker Amjad Rosstami  attended for blood tests in the Mater hospital on Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Miller

As a Kurd Amjad Rosstami maintains his life would be endangered if he returned to Iran

 Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald addressing the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister criticises Greek decision to put unaccompanied children in cages

Kieran Mulvey, former chair of the Workplace Relations Commission, will next week submit his report about what needs to be done to regenerate Dublin’s northeast inner-city. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report on how to regenerate Dublin’s inner city to be submitted to Government next week

Sarah and Abby Farrell at the new equestrian centre in Neilstown in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Council hopes Clondalkin centre will mark ‘fresh start’ in relations with horse owners

Sarah Kelleher, chair of the Lourdes Community Youth Service, outside  the former Rutland Street school. It appears a promise to refurbish the building is about to be reneged on. Photograph: Alan Betson

Community groups react angrily as council says renovation of school is not ‘cost effective’

U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

John Halligan urges Taoiseach to withdraw from St Patrick’s Day meeting

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: “I am deeply concerned that discrimination may be happening at US immigration in Irish airports.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Application of Trump’s travel ban here may be illegal, warn human rights law experts

Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

Is the ban being implemented at Irish airports and are dual citizens affected?

US president Donald Trump signs a memorandum to security services directing them to defeat the Islamic State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Saturday. The US embassy in Dublin has confirmed that it is implementing the ban on people from several countries entering the US at its immigration pre clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports. Photograph: Reuters

US president has placed a 90-day ban on entry to the US by people from seven countries

Survivors of the Stardust disaster being rescued by firefighters in 1981. Photograph: Myles Byrne/Irish Press Group

Testimony of ageing witnesses to fire remains key as expert set to review evidence

Emergency workers at the site of the Stardust fire in Artane in Dublin on February 14th, 1981. A total of 48 people died in the fire and relatives  of some of those  who were killed believe there is new evidence related to the case.  Photograph: Tom Lawlor.

Relatives say previous report on blaze altered between submission and publication in 2008 to 2009

 Martin Collins from Pavee Point speaking at the launch of the Justice and Equality Committee report on Traveller ethnicity at the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Statement in Dáil on ethnic status imminent according to members of Oireachtas committee

A file image from 1981 of firemen inspecting the aftermath of the Stardust fire.   Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Families believe they have unearthed new evidence which ‘cannot be ignored’

A photograph of the Dublin nightclub taken on February 14th, 1981. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Victims’ relatives are campaigning for a new inquiry into the 1981 Dublin nightclub fire

Brendan Ogle, co-founder of Home Sweet Home, at Apollo House: “Government policy on housing is a joke. But the people are going to change it. It’s going to happen the way we beat water.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group to follow Right2Water example and mobilise citizens to ‘beat’ homelessness

The NWCI “urges the Government to remove “all existing legal, policy and cost barriers to adolescents’ and young women’s use of modern forms of contraception”. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

National Women’s Council submission says women hit harder by recession and austerity

A few schools may change a little with an easing of the Baptism barrier but the churches’ grip our children’s minds remains firm. Photograph: Getty Images

State continues to kowtow to church and our children are lambs in middle

Emmet Kirwan’s Heartbreak is the latest dazzling take on the state of our nation.

Emmet Kirwan’s visceral film exposes humbug of State claims to safeguard vulnerable

The Home Sweet Home group left Apollo House on Thursday 12th January in compliance with a High Court order. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ken Peterson offered €7.5m for vacant office building after reading homeless occupation

‘Some 12 per cent of Travellers live in caravans or mobile homes and 56 per cent ‘live in overcrowded accommodation’, the ESRI has found.’ Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

ESRI highlights the ‘urgency’ of the community’s situation in a landmark study

A man has been shot in the Ballymun area of Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Victim in hospital after being wounded during incident in northside suburb on Monday

Full service has resumed on the Luas green line in Dublin after being party suspended following an earlier incident at the Harcourt stop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Incident at Harcourt stop saw operator Transdev stop trams between city centre and Beechwood

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a collision in which a pedestrian was killed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Woman in her 60s pronounced dead at scene after collision with car in Green Street, Callan

A waxwing in Lucan, Co Dublin last Friday: the birds feed on berries. Photograph: Eric Dempsey/Birds Ireland

Exotic birds seen in unusually high numbers along coast from Antrim to Wexford

Apollo House is over but Home Sweet Home says it will continue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Citizens’ intervention’ mobilised public anger and despair into something practical

Volunteers hug each other as homeless residents leave Apollo House on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSH group had been occupying vacant building to accommodate homeless people

Protesters at Apollo House, Dublin, after a High Court ruling on the occupation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Home Sweet Home homelessness activists refuse to comply with eviction order

Occupiers of Apollo House unfurl a banner reading ‘Homes not hostels’ on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Dean Ruxton

Home Sweet Home campaigners say they will not vacate building as per court order

 Frank Donaghy, Pauline Deegan and Tanya Felloni: “The whole of Jobstown was there by the end,” Felloni says. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trials of 18 people charged with false imprisonment of Joan Burton start in April

Apollo House on Poolbeg Street, Dublin: 18 people were still sleeping there on Tuesday night.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eighteen who remain say Dublin City Council failed to provide suitable accommodation

Volunteers in Apollo House where the homeless campaign group, Home Sweet Home, is continuing its occupation of the empty office block in Dublin’s Tara Street. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Concern ‘agreement entered into in good faith is now being reneged on’

A bedroom for the homeless in Apollo House, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Residents at Home Sweet Home’s shelter say it provides warmth and psychological space

Campaigners are gathering at noon on Tuesday at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street before marching to the Department of Finance on Merrion Street to hand in a letter to  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Home Sweet Home group calls on Noonan to make vacant buildings available for housing

Ross Maguire of New Beginnings: “There should be judges making these decisions, not county registrars. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Debt agency founder backs High Court master over legality of such orders

Edmund Honohan said  county registrars – who grant the majority of repossession orders in the circuit courts – “should not be dealing with these cases at all. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA

Edmund Honohan says Government allowing courts ‘pump people into homelessness’

Joan Collins TD speaking with Seán Doyle who was on security duty outside Apollo House, Poolbeg Street, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Apollo House activists demand Minister for Finance open Nama buildings for housing

 AIB was recently refused a summary judgment against a farming couple who had run up more than €1 million in debt and arrears. Mr Justice Max Barrett accepted the arguments made by the couple’s counsel in the High Court that EU consumer rights law and provisions of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, should apply in the case.

Recent landmark cases have changed legal landscape

The Government came under pressure from all angles. Cabinet collective responsibility was twice threatened as Independent Ministers sought a free vote on Opposition bills on abortion, in July and October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

News Review of 2016: After 33 years, a new generation of activists found their voice

Two RNLI lifeboats and a Dublin Coast Guard helicopter were mobilised.

Gardaí and coastguard searching for man in his 40s reported missing off Wicklow coast

Apollo House in Dublin: Brendan Ogle, a Home Sweet Home co-founder, said the receivers were “pleasantly surprised” by how well run the facility was. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Eight people leave the Dublin site after being offered official long-stay accommodation

 Robert Moffat and Ciaran Keating in their shared room as the Peter McVerry Trust opens the final 25 beds at Ellis Quay Hostel, in Dublin 7. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Peter McVerry Trust completes opening of 70-bed facility for homeless on Ellis Quay

People queue outside the Capuchin Centre in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Number of people receiving food from Capuchin Centre will ‘probably go over 3,000’

Home Sweet Home supporters outside the High Court in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

High Court rules coalition of activists and homeless must leave building but can stay until January 11th

Glen Hansard and other musicians playing to a crowd gathered at Apollo House, Poolbeg Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

High Court grants injunctions sought by building’s receivers over homeless campaign

Kleber Medeiros, who was mistakenly deported from Ireland, reunited with his wife Harriet Bruce on Tuesday night at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Kleber Medeiros deported after allegation their wedding was a marriage of convenience

Glen Hansard salutes the crowd from Apollo House, which has been taken over by Home Sweet Home to shelter the homeless. Photographs: Cyril Byrne

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Glen Hansard, Hozier and Christy Dignam perform at support gig

Quentin Sheridan stands outside Apollo House, a vacant office block in Dublin city centre which has been occupied by the ‘Home Sweet Home’ group. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Quentin Sheridan, homeless ‘on and off for 28 years’, angered by ghost estates and authorities

Clíona Saidléar, executive director, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, at the launch of the 2015 annual report in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rape Crisis Network report finds children also have abuse perpetrated for longer time

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

Solicitors for the receivers to Apollo House wrote to the protestors, saying that while they “sympathetic to the plight of those that are homeless” they “cannot allow the property to unlawfully occupied by trespassers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lawyers for Apollo House receivers said they ‘cannot allow property be unlawfully occupied’

A homeless person begs in Dublin city centre, above. On Thursday night, co-founder of Home Sweet Home, trade unionist Brendan Ogle, told The Irish Times the group had identified a Nama-managed property in the city centre and planned to stage a “citizens’ intervention in the homelessness crisis”. File photograph: Getty Images

Home Sweet Home group includes Jim Sheridan, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey

The refurbished Woodland Park halting site in Louth. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council has ‘no regrets’ over eviction or families living on roadside with no water

Annette Tobin at her home in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Annette Tobin says charity Alone saved her life with emergency housing in Ballybough

There are still too many households looking for homes in the rental sector: families need other options, says Barnardos. Photograph: The Irish Times

Coveney says his strategy will look after viability for landlords as well as tenants’ interests

Housing and homeless advocacy bodies called for the scheme to be extended. Photograph: PA

Call for scheme’s extension to Galway, Limerick and around Dublin and Cork cities

A baby was taken into interim care after a garda saw him in a buggy down a lane as his mother smoked heroin. The mother, who was under 18, was placed in a residential unit. File photograph: Getty Images

Incident is one of 20 cases detailed in report on court orders made under Child Care Act

Kleber Medeiros and Harriet Bruce on their wedding day: the couple are ecstatic after finding out they will be reunited by Christmas

Harriet Bruce ‘nearly faints’ after receiving email indicating Kleber Medeiros’s return

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

Higgins heard news ‘with sorrow’, describing him as ‘one of our finest poets’

Drawing on interviews with 240 members of families, the authors of Family Rhythms find families have become “smaller, more diverse, with more involved fathers and a greater reliance on grandparent support”. File photograph: Getty Images

Rise in single-parent, mixed-nationality, gay, no-children and commuter family types seen

Oberstown Children Detention Campus: This week the facility, which can accommodate 48 inmates, had 36 boys within its fences. All are aged between 15 and 17. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff at Ireland’s main detention centre for young people set to strike next month

The aftermath of the fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin. File photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Relatives of 48 victims of nightclub disaster say they are being ‘stonewalled’ by Minister

Childcare costs an average of €214 a week in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and €142 a week in Monaghan, a survey has found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is the most expensive area for full-time childcare while Monaghan is the cheapest

At Áras an Uachtaráin: Kendra, Ashton, Donnah and Alexandra Vuma – and, in front of them, Kubby and Jade Olatilewa, all being photographed by Ola Olatilewa (left) – at the President’s garden party for multicultural groups in June 2015.  Photograph: Alan Betson

For families in direct provision – including more than 1,000 children – the Government’s Yuletide bonus won’t buy much joy

Yellow is promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Government’s child protection rapporteur warns app aimed at teenagers poses dangers

On Halloween night gardaí in riot gear were called to the Oberstown campus. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union says dispute hinges on provision of adequate protective clothing and equipment

The DRHE announced details of 230 new emergency beds for adults in Dublin, to open by Friday, December 9th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin homeless executive announces details of 230 new emergency beds for capital

Colette Frawley with a bottle of CBD oil; she says her neurological consultant refulsed to discuss the treatment with her.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Treatment has replaced patient’s painkillers but remains unlicensed in Ireland

Gino Kenny TD, whose Bill for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson: The Irish Times

Up to 90 TDs support new legislation proposed by People Before Profit’s Gino Kenny

 Homeless people sleeping rough off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 140 counted on city’s streets, but Peter McVerry says true number is twice that

 “Christmas makes the reality of  poverty even more stark” for children in direct provision. File picture of children in Mosney reception centre. Photograph: Frank Miller

More than 1,000 in system are ‘effectively unable to participate’ in festive season

A weekend fire means St Anne’s Primary School in Tallaght will not open on Monday. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade via Twitter

Over 345 ambulance and fire brigade call outs were made as Christmas party season gets underway

Nils Muiznieks: discrimination against non-Christian children in the school system “has to end”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Nils Muiznieks speaks at end of Irish visit on treatment of women, children, Travellers

Singer and songwriter Christy Moore  at the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Dublin, for the launch of an awareness campaign around Traveller men’s health. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Travellers’ life expectancy is 15 years lower than men in general population, paper finds

About two-thirds of homeless children last month were in families headed by a lone parent.

Rate of increase slowing but over 2,100 destitute children in emergency accommodation

Latifat Olagoke with her son Trevon at Lucan Library: “I try to bring him to the library, get him to do some history and spend a few hours on the computer, but he is getting frustrated.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Place offered to boy is without special needs assistant and resources

Emma Murphy and Elizabeth Cash with some of their children: ‘We eat our dinner sitting on the bed.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Rats come in from the river and you can hear them under the presses at night’

Afra-Eorpach members Busola Shogbamimu, Latifah Olutunde  and Joy Moore at the group’s sewing workshop in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Members of interculturalism group say they experience racism on daily basis in Ireland

While Prof Geoffrey Shannon commends Ireland’s role in embedding human rights principles in efforts to eliminate poverty overseas, he says efforts are “somewhat in contrast... at home where child poverty is at a high level”. File photograph: Getty Images

Special rapporteur on child protection Prof Geoffrey Shannon has 97 recommendations

The new board of governors of the Central Remedial Clinic in May 2014, including  new chief executive  Stephanie Manahan (seated, second from right)

Central Remedial Clinic chief says top-up scandal was very hard on staff and clients

 Harriet Bruce, with her mother Phil Lloyd Bruce,   prepares to hand in a letter to     Tánaiste  and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  on behalf of her husband    Kleber Medeiros who  she says was deported in error. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Brazilian man remains in São Paulo despite HSE dismissal of objection to marriage

Globe House direct provision hostel in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kurd refused food for 35 days as he would ‘rather die of starvation than go back to Iran’

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as misogynistic drug lord Nidge: “I see first-hand how different it is for women in the acting industry.” File photograph: RTÉ 1

#wakingthefeminists: Love/Hate star speaks up as ‘gender inequality affects people I love’

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