Katelyn and Thomas McCarthy who live at the  Spring Lane halting site in  Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

None of the households visited by ‘The Irish Times’ had smoke alarms or fire blankets

The Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in October 2015: the review from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management was ordered three days after the tragedy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Issues include unsafe sockets, emergency access, overcrowding and lack of alarms

Independent TD Mick Wallace: woman who had abortion in England hopes her story will help convince TDs to vote for his Bill to legalise abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I never felt so relieved to see home and be away from that horrible place’

Housing shortage: Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is to meet the religious orders for a “direct conversation” about what they could do to help alleviate the housing shortage. Photograph: PA

Minister for Housing to meet orders in bid to solicit help in tackling housing shortage

Sophia tenants Tracey O’Connor and Jonathan Flood:  One of the couples living in the new facility, which opened last December

‘Since we moved in here I have put on 3½ stone and I have colour back in my cheeks’

The Oberstown youth detention facility in north Co Dublin.

Staff shortages among the failings at youth detention facility, inspectors report

 The number of homeless children and families continues to increase with the latest figures for last month showing there were 2,177 homeless children in 1,054 families homeless across the State last month.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of minors in emergency accommodation rose by 79% in a year

The report covers nine areas including social housing, private housing, the private rented sector, mortgage difficulties and Nama. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cross-party group also recommends stronger rental rules and first-time buyer support

Committee members stressed yesterday that the 50,000 figure for new homes was a minimum, and invited Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to go beyond this.  Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The €1.8bn annual cost of building 10,000 units has implications for State’s fiscal rules

A new report on housing says the State’s social housing stock should be increased by at least 50,000 units. Photograph: PA

Committee makes 23 priority recommendations to tackle housing, homelessnes crisis

If new social housing recommendations are taken up, the move would represent the biggest social housing project in the history of the State. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Housing and homelessness group to advise 50,000 social housing units over 5 years

This is the first time such data looking at the gap in “marriage chances” by class has been brought together in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey reveals ‘marriage chances’ by class which diminish right down economic scale

A report from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness will recommend providing 10,000 new units a year. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Housing and homelessness committee to advise 10,000 social housing units a year

Former minister for social protection Joan Burton rejected a request from a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be recognised as a solemniser. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Group says the law is ‘dysfunctional’ and is bringing civil marriage into disrepute

There are almost 6,000 marriage solemnisers registered across the State – some based in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Department may require marriages to be solemnised by civil registrar

Child benefit would no longer be paid automatically to mothers rather than fathers under changes being considered by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Getty Images

Leo Varadkar to consider amending monthly payment due to changing family structures

The Society of St Vincent de Paul said “the reliance on the private-rented sector to meet social housing over the past two decades as an abject failure and direct cause of the increase in family homelessness”. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Society of St Vincent de Paul says 70:30 split between private and public housing should be reversed

Convicted child molester Eamon Cooke outside a Radio Dublin studio in Clondalkin, Dublin, in 2001.  Gardaí will interview ex-employees of Radio Dublin, a pirate station owned by  Cooke (above), as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Philip Cairns in 1986. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Woman stated recently she witnessed Eamon Cooke kill missing boy at station premises

Angela Copley: Contacted several Garda stations and heard back in about two days. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Ballyfermot activist reveals she has been in contact with woman abused by Eamon Cooke

Anyone with information about Aengus “Gussie” Shanahan should call the Garda Síochána on  061-214340. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Like Philip Cairns, Aquinas Duffy’s cousin just disappeared from their lives one day

Fine Gael TD and Minister for Equality David Stanton:  Addressed the annual Traveller Pride awards in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pavee Point chief dismayed at Minister for Equality’s comments on ‘Travellers’ rights’

Reports says State has not developed system of labour market supports for refugees

Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath meets Fionn Crombie Angus from Galway at a seminar on personalised budgets for people with disabilities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister to establish taskforce on roll-out of personalised budgets for disabled people

Tommy Donnelly and Jay Bissett outside Wicklow County Council’s offices in Bray, where they want to register for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two homeless men camp outside council offices in effort to register for housing

Protesters marching in Dublin to demand that the Government declare a national housing emergency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Demonstrators want the Government to declare a national housing emergency

 Department of Social Protection notes s appear to suggest increasing the qualifying age for the pension beyond 68.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Pension funding a ‘major challenge’, say Department of Social Protection notes

Local resident Paddy Egerton and community worker Sarah Kelleher at North Rutland Street in Dublin.

Community senses that the Kinahan-Hutch dispute is different from the others

Pro-choice campaigners Colette Devlin, Diana King and Kitty O’Kane.  Photograph: Trevor McBride

NI pro-choice campaigners volunteered to be arrested for importing drugs to help others

‘The primary objective has to be to get the houses built,’ the committee heard.

The Housing Finance Agency says it could lend at a fixed rate of 1.75% for 25 years

The latest figures show there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four families with children given blow-up beds in adult facilities in past week

US president Barack Obama welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Oval Office. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Figures released to The Irish Times reveal missions where cash splashed, and on what

During the week of April 18th to 24th there were 2,121 homeless children in 1,037 families, across the State – a 90% increase in homeless children, and a 105% rise in families, since April 2015. Photograph: The Irish Times

Charity calls for action to resolve festering problem of homeless children and families

Olivia Walker has been a volunteer with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre  for five years. Working with victims of sexual violence appealed to her as  a useful and important service. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Olivia Walker: ‘You’re not emotionally involved and yet are still there, just for them’

Simon Breeze on Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge. Simon is homeless and was asked to leave the bridge on Thursday in advance of the anniversary celebrations. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Red carpet laid on Dublin landmark for bicentenary celebrations and photocall with Lord Mayor

Welfare appeals: Flac welcomed progress on reducing average processing times, but said more needed to be done on delays overpayments which may be the only income for a vulnerable person. Photograph: Getty Images

Legal aid group concerned over six-month wait to have erroneous decision rectified

Dylan and Stephen at the Bru Aimsir hostel in the Digital Hub on Thomas Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Coveney urges city council to ensure refuge of rough-sleeper hostel remains available

Cllr Tina MacVeigh, Zoe Obeimhen with her son Theo (3) and Philip McDonnell at the derelict site in the Liberties, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin 8 locals will contest decision to cancel planned green area on Bridgefoot Street

Tusla confirmed the care centre in Knocknamona, Letterkenny was closed indefinitely following a Hiqa follow-up inspection last week, amid concerns over staffing levels. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teenagers moved 200km away following closure of Cleary House in Letterkenny by Tusla

David Hall, chief executive of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation, said up to 30,000 households in long-term arrears faced homelessness and that he believed Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was a vulture-fund ‘lover’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

David Hall made comment at Oireachtas committee during hearing on mortgage distress

 Mount Merrion Avenue in Dublin: a seminar, supported by Dublin City Council, the school of geography at UCD and others, heard there was a “gross inequality of beauty” in the capital’s streetscapes.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Greenery can increase house prices by 20% and make you feel younger, seminar told

Helen Stokes and Chardonnay McDonagh at St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European committee criticises ‘insufficient’ provision and standard of accommodation

Sean, Cindy, Divine and Leon Nwedo made their Holy Communion in Cherry Orchard yesterday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Family enjoys ‘great day’ at Church of the Most Holy Sacrament in Cherry Orchard

The River Liffey at Chapelizod, Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Franklin Bessong reportedly got into the water for a swim after soccer practice

Asylum seekers protesting against conditions at Birchwood House direct provision centre in 2014. The Government has dropped a commitment to implement a report on the reform of the asylum and direct provision systems. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Clause on McMahon document removed from adopted programme for government

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald described abortion as a “very live issue” adding however that none of the recommendations made was “possible under the current regulation of constitutional and statute law”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pledge marks ‘sea-change’ from 2011 review when other states’ suggestions were rejected

A number of NGOs have questioned how seriously some civil servants take United Nations recommendations, given the lack of progress on several repeatedly-raised issues

UK says State should ‘consider overarching committee on human rights and equality’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald led a delegation of 22 senior civil servants from across government departments to the UN for Ireland’s second examination under the Universal Periodic Review process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Over 40 states raise Irish failure to ratify Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where Frances Fitzgerald is speaking on Wednesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Abortion, treatment of Travellers and homelessness in Ireland to be discussed

Independent TD Finian McGrath said he got the ratification into the programme for government. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland had signed the framework in 2007 but has not yet made it legally binding

During the night of the most recent rough-sleeper count, on April 24th, at least 102 people were sleeping on Dublin’s  streets. All emergency beds were full on the night.

Brú Aimsir hostel in the Digital Hub on Thomas Street due to close at end of month

Mary Boyle, who was six when she disappeared in Co Donegal in 1977, is Ireland’s longest-running missing-child case

Broadside: Reporter Gemma O’Doherty believes there was political interference in the Garda investigation into the death of a child(...)

Tyrrelstown residents protest against evictions at a demonstration in March. Photograph: Eric Luke

In second of 14 cases, firm agrees that notice served on Cruise Park resident was invalid

Undocumented workers Priya and Jayson Montenegro, members of Justice for the Undocumented. Photograph: Eric Luke

Mark Fielding of Irish Small and Medium Enterprises says such workers are invaluable

Ruth Coppinger: Tax breaks for house building will come with a “social cost”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Construction industry calls for State to take 20% stake in new homes

Homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street, Dublin. The results of the annual “spring count” of rough sleepers show there was a minimum of 102 people sleeping on the capital’s streets. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Amount of people on street at similar level to same time last year despite provision of beds

Glenamuck halting site where 10 people perished in a fire in October 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Surviving family say units less than one metre apart, having been 20m away

The general-election turnout in Dublin fell by 3.2 percentage points, from 62.9 per cent five years ago, to 59.7 per cent for February’s poll. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Numbers point to increased political mobilisation among working-class voters

A senior Department of Finance official warned it would be “very difficult” to build enough social housing and stay within European fiscal rules.

A lack of refuges for victims of domestic violence has left many families homeless

Thomas Joseph Kearney was in Dublin for the Kerry v Dublin match in Croke Park last weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

Deceased in his 30s initially thought to be homeless – but was farm worker from Kerry

An 8-year-old homeless boy. Hotels do not usually provide cooking or laundry facilities, and families can be forced to share single rooms for up to two years

Three-quarters of families were placed in hotels in lieu of supported homeless accommodation

 Anna Quigley, Carina O Brien, Joe Dowling, Patrick Gates, Mel Mac Giobhuin, Fergus Mc Cabe, Christy Burke and Seanie Lambe at Killarney Street as the  Inner-City Organisations Network met. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inner-City Organisations Network says area being attacked by dealers and State indifference

In 2014, one in eight children in Ireland (11.2 per cent) were in consistent poverty. File photograph: Getty Images

Measuring Ireland’s Progress report indicates high levels of child poverty

 Stephanie (5) and Tatyana (8) N’Gang’a, take part in a protest outside the Department of Justice last year  over the treatment of asylum-seekers . Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Call for once-off amnesty for those in direct provision for more than five years

Mary Boyle was six years old when she went missing on March 18th, 1977 near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Ann Doherty raises concern over handling of her twin’s disappearance in Donegal 39 years ago

Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes and her guide dog Quilla were placed in John’s Lane West hostel in Dublin a month ago after being attacked on the streets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Focus Ireland closing John’s Lane hostel to build 31 social housing units on same site

Glenamuck Road halting site where 10 people died in a fire in October 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Glenamuck Road blaze too intense for survival, says analysis by Dublin Fire Brigade

Ruth Coppinger (AAA) said the first call from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness should be the declaration a “national emergency” that required “emergency legislation”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ruth Coppinger (AAA) says first move should be declaration of national housing emergency

Dr Tim Aubry of the University of Ottawa will meet housing officials in Dublin City Council.

Placing homeless directly into housing has had high success rate, says visiting academic

Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in October 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Survivors say council’s actions may have contributed to fire in which 10 perished

Latest figures show 5,987 children were awaiting the allocation of a social worker in January.

Agency may recruit from UK and Canada to fill 102 posts in effort to tackle backlog

At six Traveller sites it was found that escape routes were blocked by walls and barriers at site entrances too low to allow emergency services enter. Photograph: The Irish Times

Escape routes blocked at entrances too low to allow emergency services enter

A pro-choice supporter in Belfast at a protest after a woman was sentenced for procuring her own abortion. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Broadside: It seems that even the anti-abortion lobby is against criminalising women who are forced to procure their own abortions(...)

Tesco workers show solidarity at the Mandate Trade Union Conference in Galway. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Mandate accuses retail giant of attempting to rid itself of unionised workforce

Ringing the changes: Barry Gardiner and Anthony Kinahan who are getting married  in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘It means equality, it means dignity, it means everything,’ says Barry Gardiner

Crowds celebrate the result of the Marriage Equality referendum in Dublin Castle last year.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Brides and grooms waiting almost a decade longer to get married than in the 1970s

The chief executive of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, has criticised the media’s expectations  of  child protection workers. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fred McBride says social care workers cannot ‘eradicate all risks’ to children

A bin at St Audoen’s Park, for the disposal of sharp objects and hazardous waste. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Council may add to two disposal units currently in south inner city on pilot basis

Balendran Velayudhan (56)’s driver’s license.

Gardaí have yet to establish nationality and family situation of man who died in his car

Homeless families in hotels and B&Bs will be counted in the census later this month, for the first time. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

CSO devises new strategy to identify households in emergency accommodation

People gathered to mark International Roma and Traveller Day. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some families ‘have nothing’ meeting on International Roma and Traveller Day told

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: legislation may now be necessary

Minister Alan Kelly wants banks to have ‘duty of care’ to people in distressed buy-to-lets

Guidelines should be issued to healthcare professionals emphasising they should not report a woman who has taken abortion medication to gardaí, human rights and women’s groups have said. File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Rights groups call for guidelines for healthcare professionals on medication

Belfast Crown Court in Northern Ireland.

Family planning agency reacts after Belfast woman receives suspended jail sentence

The abortion medication taken by a woman who was given a suspended jail sentence in Belfast Crown Court on Monday is prohibited in the Republic too. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Analysis: There has yet to be a prosecution in the Republic along the lines of Belfast case

Thornwood Houses at Beaumont in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New estate’s neighbours are concerned over anti-social behaviour and property prices

Non-compliance with regulations uncovered at number of facilities

Construction of rapid-build modular homes  in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Forum hears possible solutions, including the appointment of a new minister

The homelessness forum heard that 80,000 homes were required nationally, 35,000 of them in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Minister tells homeless forum political or financial hurdles not most pressing problem

Almost 3,500 homeless adults used emergency accommodation in Dublin at the end of last year.

A forum on the crisis hosted by Minister Alan Kelly crisis is taking place in Dublin on Thursay

A study has found an average of 221 adults a night were placed in emergency beds in the last quarter of last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figure is the highest in any three-month period since the data was first compiled

Tiernan Brady (left), director of gay HIV strategies for GLEN, and Rory O’Neill (aka Ms Panti Bliss) at the launch of ‘KnowNow’ a national, free rapid HIV testing programme . Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

National initiative launched to bring free, rapid, HIV testing to gay and bisexual men

Brian Murtagh is a patient at Navan General Hospital who is waiting for a place in the National Rehab Centre. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No rehabilitation place available for Brian Murtagh who is recovering from stroke

Childhood home: John Connors at the camp where he grew up, in north Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The ‘Love/Hate’ actor John Connors, now back living in the Darndale halting site where he spent his childhood, remains angry at h(...)

Mary Boyle was six  years old when she went missing on  March 18th, 1977, from her grandmothers house near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Concerns about alleged irregularities in inquiries into disappearance of Mary Boyle (6)

It is  illegal for a landlord to refuse to show a property to a person in receipt of rent supplement or Housing Assistance Payment, though they can refuse to let to someone who cannot afford the rent. File photograph: Getty Images

Equality Act 2015 names ‘housing assistance’ as grounds of illegal discrimination

Jane Harvey and Wayne Scott at their rented home in Balbriggan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Illegal for landlord to discriminate on basis of being in receipt of rent allowance or HAP

Nationally, rents increased by 9.8 per cent last year, slowing between the third quarter, when the increase was 3.6 per cent, and the fourth, when it was 2.2 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin rents last year up 9.5% for houses and 8.7% for apartments

State investment in childcare amounts to 0.2% of GDP, compared with an OECD average of 0.8% and UN recommended benchmark of 1% – which is exceeded by the UK, France and the Nordic countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Casualisation growing in the sector, with staff turnover almost 23%, report reveals

Some 208 houses in Cruise Park, Tyrrelstown are likely to be sold after a so-called vulture firm acquired the development loan for the estate. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tyrrelstown tenants face prohibitive rent elsewhere if turned out of family homes

Praveen Halappanavar with a portrait of his wife Savita who died from septicaemia at Galway University Hospital on October 28th, 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Court finding may bring closure for family of woman who died after being denied abortion

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