Some 140,000 children are living in consistent poverty.

CSO income survey shows one-parent families twice as likely to be poor

Volunteer Yvonne Byrne delivering food to Selina Hall at her home in Ballyfermot in west Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Volunteers in Ballyfermot say demand for service ‘shows how desperate people are’

These first 22 modular homes are to be on a pilot basis with another 128 to follow shortly after under a fast-tracked procurement process. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tyrone company Western Building Systems to provide first 22 houses at site in Ballymun

 Minister of State for Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Figures show an increase in the number of deportation orders being quashed

Demand for Amen’s counselling service for male victims of domestic violence increased by over 100 per cent, with five volunteer counsellors providing 214 counselling hours through 2014, at the organisation’s offices in Navan, Co Meath, and in Dublin, Amen’s report said. File photograph: Getty Images

2014 report shows demand up for counselling, helpline and one-to-one support sessions

Alan Kelly: The instruction to let him know well in advance of openings has caused tension, particularly over the opening of 52 homes in the Glen in Cork city earlier this year.

Minister for the Environment wants to know about announcements in advance

An anti-racism protest organised by Enar Ireland outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Victims of attacks do not believe gardaí will treat their experiences seriously, survey says

John Lynch in his home in Bray, Co Wicklow, with a framed photograph of his brother Jimmy who died in the Carrickmines fire where 10 perished. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Lynch frets over safety of children and grandchildren at three-bedroom Bray home

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  “Anybody who wants a bed over this Christmas period will get it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 300 beds will be available over the Christmas, Kelly tells homeless forum

“Families who are homeless are often squeezed into one tiny hotel room – nowhere to cook or for children to play.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest figures show nearly 5,000 people in emergency accommodation across State

The voices of non-Catholic parents will grow louder against this state-sanctioned indoctrination of their children. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

Broadside: Many non-Catholic parents struggle to get a primary school place for their children – that can’t continue

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin signing the Book of Codolence at the Pro- Cathedral following mass on Saturday  where he spoke of the attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Refugees are ‘fleeing from exactly the kind of thing that happened in Paris’, says Dublin Archbishop

 Sam McGuinness of Simon: “Children are forced to lay their head in inadequate accommodation, scared and vulnerable, without a safe home to look to this Christmas.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Charities call for State measures to curb trend as tenants squeezed out by rising rents

In the Cork Circuit Court, Judge Donagh McDonagh struck out the cases because the bank was named as Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank, rather than Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank PLC

Judge blocks three Bank of Ireland actions as it got its name wrong on legal paperwork

Waking the Feminists meeting hears call for equal advancement of women artists

Some 889 applications for repossession were refused by the courts so far this year. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 7,000 dwellings targeted by lenders up to 2015, says Courts Service

The falling number of orders in Dublin is a result of fewer cases being lodged, or more lenders and borrowers coming to mutual arrangements before the case reaches the point of repossession. Photograph: PA

Biggest increases in urban centres outside Dublin and in adjacent commuter counties

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in Phibsborough, Dublin, as they unveiled the housing package after months of discussion between the two departments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Threshold and Simon Communities: rents should be linked to consumer price index

 Ian Cleary: “I’m looking for a two-bedroom place, so I can start taking my daughter again at the weekends.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Baker Ian Cleary (42) found himself on the streets when his rented flat was repossessed

“The Taoiseach keeps talking about the emergency response to homelessness as if that is good enough.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No let up in demand for emergency accommodation as flow into homelessness continues

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tenants express concern over price increases in advance of two-year fixed rent legislation

 Dublin local authorities held an open Modular Housing Demonstration Project in Dublin. Pictured is the exterior of the Skyclad home. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Many people ‘badly hurt by the Celtic Tiger hangover’, says Dick Brady

 Margaret O’Reilly with her baby, Nona, in their caravan in Kilbarry halting site, Waterford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Families in Waterford housing scheme have to deal with cold, mould and cramped conditions

Chair of the Irish Traveller Movement Brigid Quilligan (left) and supporters walked out the Traveller accommodation conference at Dublin Castle today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Groups stage ‘peaceful protest’ at conference against system that is ‘failing’ community

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly continues to battle for rent certainty measures. Photograph: Getty Images

National Economic and Social Council critical of ‘surprising’ data in DKM report

Minister with Responsibility for National Drug Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Wants to remove stigma of criminal convictionsPhotograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says Misuse of Drugs Bill set to unblock legislative obstacles

 Brendan Ogle of Right2Change. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Right2Change briefing reveals discord between election partners on left-wing alliance

The entrance to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council Ballyogan depot car park, on the Ballyogan Road where a temporary halting site for the survivors of the Carrickmines fire is being set up. The survivors are expected to move in next Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

People have traumatised but that shock is turning to outrage, writes Kitty Holland

At the funeral of Thomas, Sylvia, Christopher, Jim and Mary Connors in The Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, Sandyford. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

A happy day spent together, with the children playing in the garden, before tragedy

The scene at the funerals of Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Christopher, Jim and baby Mary at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thomas, Sylvia and children Jim, Christie and Mary Connors to be buried in Wexford

In July the Housing First rough-sleeper outreach team supported 19 families at risk as well as at least four families who were verified as sleeping rough in their cars with children. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Rough-sleeper outreach team verifies 13 families as having slept in cars or tents

The scene at Rockville Drive off the Glenamuck Road where the proposed site to house Travellers is located. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Council says decision not to house families on Rockville Drive taken with ‘great reluctance’

Modular housing, as demonstrated by the Dublin local authorities at a demonstration event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Only 22 units, which will be emergency housing, will be in place before Christmas

Almost 800 people, including 301 children, received support on one day last year

Rockville Drive where the proposed site to house Travellers is located at the end of the road. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survivors have to leave accommodation they have been staying in since tragedy

Mourners carry the coffins of Tara Gilbert, her daughters Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4) and her partner’s Willy Lynch (all pictured on right) at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Bray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bray church full to capacity at funerals of five of the ten victims killed on halting site

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive report’s findings are likely to increase pressure for the introduction of rent certainty measures to stabilise the private rented sector. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Document analyses why 78 Dublin families became homeless for first time in August

In January, the total number of homeless persons in the State was 3,845 - 865 children, 539 parents and 2,441 adults with no dependents, according to  data just published by the Department of the Environment. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Recovering economy would be the ‘engine’ to help solve homelessness crisis - Kenny

A candlelight vigil for the 10  people who lost their lives at Glenamuck halting site fire in Carrickmines,Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Talks on emergency site for surviving Connors family adjourn without resolution

 Gearóid and Ashlene O’Donovan from Clonakilty, Co Cork, with 13-month-old Clayton, at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clayton O’Donovan’s parents have to make a 10-hour round trip once a week to see him

Vigil: candles lit in memory of the 10 people, including five children, who died in the fire at a halting site for Travellers in Carrickmines. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The national soul searching after tragedy was quickly replaced by familiar attitudes

Ten people lost their lives on Glenamuck Road South, Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Talks over proposed emergency halting site for those left homeless continue

The scene at Rockville Drive, Carrickmines, at the site of the proposed emergency halting site. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hostility towards Travellers poses many problems for county councils

The scene at Rockville Drive off the Glanamuck Road where a digger was blocked from entering a site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meeting over proposed home for survivors of Carrickmines fire to reconvene on Thursday

Budget 2016 analysis: Social welfare

The new range of specific childcare measures, worth €85 million a year, have been welcomed as a “big step in the right direction for children’s early years” by organisations in the sector.

Families better off after extension of free pre-school education and child benefit rise

The scene at Rockville Drive off the Glanamuck Road where a digger was blocked from entering a site on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Rockville Drive residents stop diggers entering council-owned site next to their homes

€3 increase in weekly pension for pensioners and carers aged over 65

Up to 6,000 lone parents will benefit from reforms to the One Parent Family Payment in this afternoon’s Budget

Up to 60,000 low income families will benefit from changes to be announced

Roopesh Panicker and Naja Natarajan with their daughter Eva Panicker who was unble to attend her local school. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dismayed parents of girl (4) ‘so disheartened we even thought about leaving Ireland’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the scene of a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Campaigners warn of dangers after Carrickmines blaze which killed 10 people

Fire officers at the scene of the tragedy at the halting site at Glenamuck road , Carrickmines, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Local politicians have fought hard to to oppose the provision of Traveller homes

‘Thousands of women are forced out of employment in the absence of State-subsidised childcare.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

My friend is going back to college. How depressing it is that the supportive actors in her scenario have been the men

The scene of the the fire in a halting site in Carrickmines, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Five children and five adults die in halting site blaze

The entrance to the halting site on Glenamuck road, Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nine people died at the halting site on the Glenamuck Road and a baby later in hospital

The Back Lane hostel, where the President was speaking, provides support and accommodation to 60 homeless men each night. Photograph: Getty Images

Resolution to crisis must happen in ‘in the short term’, says Higgins at centenary event

The Simon Communities is calling for an increase in rent supplement and for the introduction of “long awaited” rent certainty measures. Photograph: The Irish Times

Study highlights widening gap between rent supplement and market rents – Simon group

Members of Merlin College Choral Group from Galway and performers from Bui Bolg, Wexford, at the launch of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 at Bluebell Youth Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister says dormant accounts windfall to help those at high risk of unemployment

 Minister for Children Dr James Reilly speaking. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dr James Reilly to announce employment plan as part of National Youth Strategy

Fr Alan Hilliard: Is one of five chaplins at DIT and sees his role as less religious, more one of “accompanying students” while they are at the college. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister orders review into employment of clerics, some of whom earn €50,000 a year

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

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