The average  rent for a house in Dublin is  11.7 per cent lower than it was  seven years ago.  Photograph: Frank Miller

PRTB says rents in capital up 10 per cent in the past year

Homeowners whose mortgages have been bought by so-called “vulture funds” protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Homeowners protest at Leinster House over mortgages sold on by IBRC

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Government says its ‘monitoring’ referendum in Scotland

The NWCI’s pre-budget submission, published yesterday.

NWCI says forthcoming budget an opportunity to bring us closer to an equal society

Dick Brady, assistant chief executive and head of housing at Dublin City Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Assistant chief executive and head of housing Dick Brady has also called for rent control and for a stay on banks repossessing buy-to-let homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

City Council is ‘seriously looking’ at building prefabs on derelict sites to house families

A flock of swans join the swimmers.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ger Wilkes was the first man back and Rachel Lee won the women’s race

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla, confirmed last night the agency had offered Ms Y the opportunity to engage on the issue of the baby’s future.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Mother ‘Ms Y’ has no wish to participate in future care decisions, solicitor tells authorities

More than 85,000 meals were served to homeless and people at risk of homelessness at Merchant Quay Ireland’s Dublin premises last year

Report shows more than 8,000 individuals used charity’s homelessness support services last year

Irene Dunne working on the Tenancy Protection Service helpline in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tenancy Protection Service has had 1,707 calls since it started taking calls in June

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