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

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Over 300 families newly homeless in Dublin since January, including nearly 650 children

Information about rent supplement has been mapped by electoral division for the first time. Photograph: Frank Miller

Almost €1m was paid to landlords last September in the Blanchardstown-Blakestown electoral division

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly and Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Ellen O’Malley Dunlop at the launch of the DRCC’s 2013 annual report. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says social media being used as a form of abuse

Minister for Children James Reilly. File photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Varadkar to update Cabinet on abortion controversy today

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