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’

Across the EU there were 184,815 first-time requests for asylum in the first three months of this year. File photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

625 people apply from January to March compared to 455 last October-December

Four options on increasing the weekly allowance paid to asylum seekers have been considered by the working group. Photograph: The Irish Times

Working group review of allowance paid to adults currently at €19.10 and €9.60 per child

Dublin City Council’s Dick Brady cancelled the plans for 200 houses six months ago as the focus went on rough sleeping after the death of Jonathan Corrie. However, pressure has since mounted on the organisation to provide solutions for the family homelessness crisis. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Move comes six months after similar plan was cancelled due to political opposition

A show of hands on a vote at  the Right2Water campaign policy conference organised by  trade unions in Dublin on Saturday, June 13th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Policy Principles for a Progressive Irish Government’ discussed by 300 activists

Workers protest outside Clerys on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Kitty Holland/The Irish Times

Staff protest outside landmark Dublin retailer after loss of 460 jobs

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager who has been imprisoned for almost two years in Egypt. The IHREC decided against making a statement on Mr Halawa’s case following correspondence with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Human rights commission decided against addressing case after Government email

Minister of State  Seán Sherlock has been leading the Irish delegation at the Geneva-based UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Committee in Geneva tells Government delegation a referendum is essential

Thousands gather to demand legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar at Merrion Square, Dublin at the weekend in 2012. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Report says death of Savita Halappanavar a consequence of Ireland’s ‘restrictive abortion law’

Minister for State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock. Mr Sherlock  is leading the Government delegation to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government delegation told it has obligations under international covenant

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Logan says choices made in Ireland led to higher poverty and high youth unemployment

“I do feel now that if I got abuse the majority of people on the street would be on my side,” says Seamus White, pictured with his fiancé John O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan betson/The Irish Times

‘Changed atmosphere’ for public displays of affection as a result of marriage equality vote

 A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in Dublin. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said that budgetary choices made by Government have led to greater deprivation and difficulty for the most vulnerable groups. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission makes claims in UN submission

Models wearing award-winning Shuttleknit clothes at the Traveller Pride Awards. (From left) Doreen Donaghue, of Jobstown, Co Dublin, Mary Cassidy, of Jobstown, Co Dublin, Kathleen McCarthy, of Jobstown, Co Dublin, Kathleen Carthy, of Killinarden, Co Dublin, and Rebecca Byrne, of Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says he is ‘determined’ 2015 will be the year of Traveller equality

The O’Connor Family at home in Tallaght (from Left) Scott (10), Sophie (15), Stacey (8) and their father, Daniel O’Connor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Life assurance company refuses to pay out, citing non-disclosure of ‘material facts’

Roughan McNamara, campaigns and advocacy manager with Focus Ireland, said: “We are starting to see people in mortgage arrears coming to our services looking for advice. The majority at this stage are looking to know what their options are, though some are already homeless.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Increase indicates crisis of homelessness for ex-homeowners, says Focus Ireland manager

Brian Doyle in the hotel room he and his family have been living in since last October. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Brian and Sandra Doyle and their children have been living in a hotel since October

Allan Thomas at his home in Kilmessan, Co Meath: ‘I feel like I’m making my family homeless. I don’t understand why this [scheme] didn’t work. Educated people told me this would work.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Father-of-three Allan Thomas was assured by his bank, EBS, that the mortgage-to-rent scheme would help him save his home in Co Mea(...)

Housing agency data shows just 96 mortgage-to-rent cases completed out of 2,865

Since 2009 almost 480,000 people have left Ireland, of who 228,000 were Irish nationals.

Central Statistics Office figures show almost every other age demographic increased

Kathleen Sherlock with (from left) Stacey and Jim – who made their first Holy Communion – Annishia Mahoney and Mary Ellen Sherlock in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Kathleen Sherlock says priest refused family entrance to church over dress-code

A dog waiting outside a polling station on Friday while his owner casts his vote. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In Jobstown, where the Tánaiste faced the wrath of anti-water charges protestors , the Yes margin was reportedly 87%

Keith told the Ombudsman for Children’s Office: “When I think of the house I’d like . . . in the sitting room there’s a doggie drinking water.” Photograph: Getty Images

Youngest son Keith traumatised by circumstance: ‘I don’t like when people bully me’

Among the 442 families homeless  in Dublin in April,  174 were headed by couples and 268 by single parents. The total number of people in these families was 1,586. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Expenditure of €750,000 a month on housing families in emergency hotel lodgings

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The State must address delays in the provision of social housing and ensure emergency housing “is appropriate to children’s needs”, says the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Photograph: Frank Miller

Children’s ombudsman indicates that in region of 138,000 children living in poverty

Salome Mbuga, founder of migrant women’s network Akidwa: in her 21 years in Ireland she has  “on many occasions had to challenge racism and discrimination”.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Everyday’ abuse may not warrant criminal investigation but causes damage, conference told

Protesters against water charges gather on O’Connell bridge in March. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/Irish Times

Right2Water protests similar to Bolivia’s ‘Water War’, says leading international expert

Gráinne Healy and Brian Sheehan from Yes Equality put up a posters. Photograph:  Paul Sharp/Sharpix

Working class areas mainly Yes with middle class areas more mixed, say canvassers

“The impact of the seven-year austerity drive on people’s standard of living has been enormous, and in all regions the effects of the crisis are impacting on the realisation of human rights,” Chief Commissioner for Human Rights Emily Logan  has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Burden of hardship has fallen on those least able to bear it, says human rights chief

The latest data from the property website daft.ie, published this week, found rents in Dublin’s commuter counties had increased by 14% since last year. Photograph: PA

NESC argues that properties in mortgage arrears should be used for social housing

Jack Lynam, a double amputee who has been in Beaumont Hospital for the past 15 months, pictured with his wife Frances. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council: Delays due to ‘volume of extensions’ – suggests sleeping in living room

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