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

“The number of children accompanying adults [in emergency hotel-type accommodation] reached record highs,” according to a report from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. Photograph: The Irish Times

Children catered for by homeless services rockets 62% – to reach 911 bereft of home

Róisín and Mark Molloy: “We thought we were telling people, at hospital level, local and national level, things they didn’t know, and it turns out they did and they stood by and allowed further unnecessary deaths.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Mark and Róisín Molloy say it is time for the hospital to start answering hard questions

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of HIQA speaking at the publication of the Patient Safety Investigation Report into services at Portlaoise in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Portlaoise patient accounts speak of intimidation and lack of compassion

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger. Ms Coppinger has called on the Labour Party and Sinn Féin to support   a bill to provide for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Socialist Party TD to table bill for referendum on repealing Eighth Amendment

Increase in repossession orders will put pressure on Government to find ways to help families in arrears. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Circuit Court grants 586 orders since January, compared to 95 during same period in 2014

Minister of State with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is now working across three different Government departments. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin believes the National Drugs Strategy has lost ‘energy’ and ‘focus’

Targets set under Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly’s Social Housing Strategy 2020 mean that the private sector will supply three-quarters of the new social housing to be supplied in several major local authority areas. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Four Dublin authorities, Limerick, Galway and Waterford councils face targets

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Mr Kelly’s housing strategy will rely on the private sector to help solve the housing crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister Alan Kelly’s new strategy will place tenants at the mercy of private landlords

The number of homeless adults in emergency accommodation increased by more than 300, up from 1,526 in November to 1,872 this month.

Number of homeless adults in emergency beds in Dublin up by over 300

Organisations involved in the BeLonG To Yes campaign in the same-sex the marriage referendum include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point, EPIC and the National Youth Council of Ireland, as well as BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Group criticises ‘exploitative, hurtful and dishonest’ use of children by No campaign

The registration of these organisations with Sipo suggests they are in receipt of individual donations exceeding €100 in value, for political purposes. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

About 20 organisations have registered with Sipo ahead of the vote

Minister writes to Dublin local reps after rejection of O’Devaney Gardens proposal

Ms Devlin is on eight different painkillers and medications and attends the emergency department “about twice a month”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seven years on hospital waiting list, Caroline Devlin criticises 'two-tier' system

Minister for the Environment Alan  Kelly has said he disagreed with a decision by Dublin city councillors last week to reject a proposal to refurbish 64 empty flats at the O’Devaney Gardens flat complex (above) to provide temporary accommodation for up to 400 homeless families over the next five years. “That was a big project and an important project and I don’t agree with that decision,” he said.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Housing homeless families in hotel-type accommodation not sustainable, says Minister

Asked his reaction to the finding that a majority of those involved in the Right 2 Water campaign had never protested before, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “That wouldn’t surprise me. We haven’t had a huge amount of protest over the last number of years.” Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister disagrees many water protesters were Labour supporters at last election

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Figures show 55% increase in number of homeless families in Dublin since last June

The ISPCC’s Caroline O’Sullivan, Childline’s Margie Roe and the ISPCC’s Grainia Long launch the ISPCC Childline report. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Children feel they cannot add to their parents’ worries around the recession

Mandate general secretary John Douglas (above) wrote to Margaret Heffernan, the company’s director, saying workers allegedly dismissed since the strike must be reinstated. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union to seek legal advice for staff who allege they have been targeted since stoppage

Promotional material for Marian Kowalski, a candidate in next month’s Polish presidential election.

Scuffles reported outside Jury’s hotel but Garda spokeswoman says there were no arrests

A Co Kildare couple renting a three-bed  house in a gated community in the K-Club (above), are disputing a 22 per cent rent increase.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Couple tell PRTB tribunal landlord had not notified them in writing of monthly rise to €2,200

Mandate wrote to Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash on Wednesday as reports came in “from all over the country” of Dunnes management moving to “target” workers who had participated in last week’s strike. Photograph: The Irish Times

Mandate calls on Minister to bring forward law paving way for collective bargaining

Chief executive of Oxfam Jim Clarken said Ireland had now missed three deadlines to achieve the UN target

Oxfam: Figures showing Ireland ‘lagging behind’ in commitments to most vulnerable

According to the union, Mandate, the actions of management illustrated the “disproportionate level of control and power Dunnes management exert over their workers and their incomes”.

Mandate says it has reports of management calling in workers who were on pickets

The Irish Refugee Council said important changes to the Freedom of Information Act were rushed through the Oireachtas before the Easter break without adequate time for debate.

Brendan Howlin says new legislation aims to prevent administrative delays

Pictured at the funeral of Circuit Court judge Katherine Delahunt at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, from left, Supreme Court Justice John Mc Menamin, Court of Appeal president  Sean Ryan, Sarah O Hagan, Circuit Court judge John O’Hagan and Finbar Fox SC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Funeral mass hears of warm and loving woman who was fond of a bit of mischief

In Henry Street picketers were joined by former Dunnes strikers Mary Manning, Liz Deasy and Sandra Griffin, who in 1984 refused to handle South African fruit in protest at the apartheid regime. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trade Unions: Strike biggest private sector industrial relations dispute in two decades

 Strikers  picketing outside Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt,  south Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Many shoppers persuaded by strikers to take their custom elsewhere

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly and Minister for State Paudie Coffey at Lord Edward Street, Limerick, where they announced housing targets for each local authority area. Photograph: Press 22

Analysis: Whether councils can achieve aim debatable but return of provision welcome

Muireann Dalton stands outside the Dunnes Stores outlet where she works in Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two Dunnes Stores workers say why they will be on the pickets outside shops today

Ireland could be only one in EU not ratifying UN convention on rights of people with disabilities

The Medical Council has decided that no further action should be taken against Dr Katherine Astbury (above) in relation to the care of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Medical Council decides no further steps should be taken against Dr Katherine Astbury

The Department of Social Protection says  changes to the One Parent Family Payment are necessary to activate lone parents away from the “passive” OPFP scheme and into the labour market. File photograph: Getty Images

Changes to One Parent Family Payment intended to activate recipients into labour market

Ashling Lowe and her son Cody (13), Trim, Co. Meath. Ashling fears she will have to give up her job in order to qualify for jobseeker’s allowance, following changes to the one-parent family payment.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ashling Lowe (35) fears she will have to give up her job to get assistance under new rules

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

Housing charity seeking legal advice as to whether Department of Social Protection is acting outside its remit

Rents in Dublin increased by almost 10 per cent last year and by almost four per cent outside the capital, though increases have been higher in the counties around Dublin.

Decision comes despite repeated calls for increases to meet market rents

Management at Dunnes Stores are attempting to intimidate staff planning industrial action next week, according to their trade union Mandate.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade union urges members to ignore ‘lies and misinformation’ as they plan Holy Thursday strike

Clúid says it will resist any move to compel them to collect charges

Fergus Finlay, left chairman of the Stop Out of Control Drinking campaign, clinical psychotherapist Joanna Fortune, LRC chief executive Kieran Mulvey and Aine Lynch of the National Parents Council at the launch of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Head of campaign Fergus Finlay says director of drinks giant was not ‘forced’ to leave

A home in Tor na Rí, Balgaddy, Lucan in 2011 showing damp and cracks. Mary Cooney who has lived in Balgaddy for eight years said nothing had improved since she spoke to The Irish Times in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People from 20 local authority estates have made “collective complaint” to Europe

Part of the HAI poster, which is to be displayed in prominent locations.

Humanist body to place adverts calling for end to discrimination

Carole Quinn showing mould in her flat in Inchicore, Dublin: she hopes the collective complaint will ‘get us some answers and force the council to come up with a plan’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘We are just being ignored,’ says Carol Quinn who is one of those taking case to Strasbourg

Among the poor housing conditions cited are persistent damp, mould growing inside homes, persistent bad odours, poor plumbing and lack of central heating. Library photograph: Thinkstock

Residents of 20 council estates in Dublin, Cork and Limerick cite human rights breach

Protesters during the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism national demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Dublin rally told legislation that seeks to dressing racism is ‘completely inadequate’

Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Large crowds gather on O’Connell Street to call for abolition of charges

An Enar rally in Dublin: Enar received reports of 182 incidents of racist verbal abuse, violence, discrimination and other attacks between July and December 2014. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Study finds social media increasingly used to abuse minorities and ‘mobilise’ racism

Kavanagh Quigley and the team from the Donahies Community School at the Young Social Innovators event in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 700 teenagers from secondary schools across Leinster take part in Dublin leg of Young Social Innovators roadshow

One postmaster who did not want to be named was in touch with Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, Michael Fitzmaurice, saying the issuing of the letters causes them “serious concern as to my livelihood and the viability of my post office”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Department of Social Protection writes to recipients inviting transfers to bank accounts

The Pygmalion bar in the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin, has this sign saying: ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, buy her a drink, and she might fuck you’

Experts on sexual crime say sign promotes ‘falsehood that consent can be purchased’

“In prostitution a woman ceases to be seen as a human being in the eyes of others and becomes a trapped mind that lives in a body that no longer belongs to her,” said Mia de Faoite, a survivor of prostitution. Photograph: Lisa Cawley

Survivor of prostitution describes being repeatedly raped, of being urinated on

The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Most women who use HSE service are under constant pressure to have unprotected sex

Trinity College: Dr Ronan O’Toole from the school of medicine at Trinity College Dublin said listing Travellers’ ethnicity was necessary to help find out why they were more susceptible to some communicable diseases. Photograph: Frank Miller

Travellers contract tuberculosis at a much younger age than settled, research shows

The Rape Crisis Centre said this ad in a newspaper from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign is “misogynistic”.

Campaign rejects assertion, saying ad ‘wildly misunderstood’

There were 371 families, with 803 children, in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month – an increase of more than 40 per cent since June last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 370 families in emergency accommodation in the capital last month

David Hall, of the Irish Mortgage Holders’ Association: “The banks can get a rental income from the buy-to-lets whereas with a family home they want the residents out so they can sell it.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Mortgage holders’ spokesman warns that repossessions will reach 25,000 this year

Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said women’s rightsand the de-segregation of schools have to be “front and centre in our discussions about the centenary of the 1916 Rising”.

Co-education benefits young men and women, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

The launch of Labour of Love, a new campaign focusing on the rights of workers in private homes across Ireland. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Labour of Love group claims some women work 70 hours a week for as little as €80

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor: alarmed by the volume of messages she has had from constituents against Government plans to end the availability of cheap alcohol.

New alliance to support Government measures to reduce alcohol consumption

Launching the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign last month are Fergus Finlay,  Joanna Fortune clinical psychotherapist, Kieran Mulvey of the Labour Relations Commission and Áine Lynch of the National Parents Council: on leaving Dr Ciara Kelly said she remains a strong supporter of the campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dr Ciara Kelly cites ‘time constraints’ on leaving campaign funded by Diageo

The Department of the Environment has announced funding to community development partnerships  in Ballymun, Fingal and Rathmines/Pembroke in Dublin, as well as in Connemara and Waterford, would end on April 1st. Among the services they provide are meals-on-wheels and home repairs for the elderly. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

CDP funding to end in Ballymun, Fingal, Rathmines/Pembroke, Connemara and Waterford

Dublin Corporation was the only local authority to retain its ambulance service in 1970 when, under the Health Act, others relinquished theirs to the new health boards. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade, in existence since 1898, could be set to lose its ambulance section

Enjoying coffee and a chat at Tír na nÓg Coffee shop in the Ballymun shopping centre at the weekend, before the cafe closed down. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Only five shops still trading in intended commercial centre of regenerated area

Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland called for the findings of Beaumont’s investigation to be made public. Photograph: The Irish Times

Advocates for elderly and nursing representatives critical of ‘ill-equipped’ settings

Vast majority of undocumented migrants entered the State legally

Brigid Quilligan, director of the Irish Traveller Movement, outside the Four Courts yesterday. She said the judgment showed “discrimination [was] very alive and well”. Photograph: Courts/Collins

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says the decision demands a response from the State

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Global rights organisation calls on governments to do more to support those fleeing violence

Draft Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. With regard to the PLDPA and the accompanying guidance, Amnesty says: “Neither . . . provided sufficient assistance to medical professionals in assessing when a pregnancy posed a risk to life, or adequately protected the rights of the pregnant woman or girl”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Accompanying guidance published by the Department of Health also criticised

A file image of  Mary Stokes who challenged the admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Collins

Traveller claimed rule giving preference to children of past pupils was discriminatory

 Daithí Doolan: figures obtained by the Sinn Féin Councillor indicate  the council was owed almost €23 million on December 8th, 2014, by 14,191 households. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The council, owed over €23m in arrears, may relax rule stopping debtors changing home

Crowds gather outside the Central Bank in Dublin to protest against the jailing of five anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Derek Byrne and Paul Moore are believed to have been refusing food since Friday

 Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D. Higgins tells conference, A Woman’s Place in the World, that all men should be feminists

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President accepts UN invitation to be involved in HeforShe equality campaign

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Department to announce winning ‘bids’ for €30m worth of funding for projects

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Housing Finance Agency will invest another €150m in project to deliver 2,000 homes

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never happens to another woman”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health meets refugee at the centre of controversial abortion case

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, who have been homeless since April 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rent caps blamed for escalation in homeless families throughout counties around Dublin

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, have been homeless for nearly a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rent family can pay is capped at €550 a month, but ‘everything is between €850 and €1,000’

 Brigid Quilligan  of the Irish Traveller Movement: “the vast majority of young Travellers are focused on getting an education and they choose their own partners later in life”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Director of Irish Traveller Movement says it is not custom for Travellers to get married as teenagers

Prof Philip Alston  told a conference on taxation justice, hosted by Christian Aid, that  Ireland had a “surprisingly ambivalent relationship” with economic and social human rights. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

US rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights says taxation policies are ‘anti-social behaviour’

The Workers’ Party will publish a series of policies and run candidates in the next general election.

Left parties not focused on ‘alternatives to what’s currently in place’, meeting hears

Anti-water charge protestors during a demonstration in Dublin. A member of Greece’s Syriza party has said the Irish campaign was an inspiration. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Syriza member says ‘working class movement challenged narrative that everything is good’

Government plans to make it mandatory for restaurants to display calorie counts on menus will have a “devastating impact” on the industry, the Restaurant Association of Ireland has warned. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Royal College of Physicians says mandatory rule a step forward in ‘tackling obesity’

Eddie Rockets in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre in Arklow, Co Wicklow, was one of nine businesses served a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Neighbouring kebab shops in central Dublin among those outlets found in breach

The doorway in Molesworth street where Jonathan  Corrie, who was homeless, was found dead. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dramatic rent inflation in capital ensuring people remain homeless for longer periods

Clare Daly: A Bill moved by the Independent socialist TD for Dublin North last December providing for a referendum on abortion was defeated by 110 votes to 13. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposal sponsored by Independent Clare Daly for cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says he is  “worried” the referendum, to be held in May, could be lost because of low voter turnout and because the electorate wanted to express anger with the whole political system.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Referendum may be lost over electorate anger with politics, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Tara (24) who travelled to England for an abortion.

Cork woman tells BBC of travelling to England for abortion

 Households in the private rented sector and in receipt of rent allowance are enabled  to seek an increase where they face rent increases they cannot meet. The service has operated in Dublin since June last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Scheme aimed at keeping families at risk of homelessness in their homes

Finín Máirtín, head of Coláiste Eoin boys’ secondary school in Stillorgan (above), said some parents had not wanted their sons to attend the homophobia workshop due to be delivered by the ShoutOut organisation on Tuesday morning.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Head of school says some parents had not wanted their sons at ShoutOut forum

A spokeswoman for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, which co-ordinates homeless services across the four local authorities in Dublin, confirmed it could not guarantee emergency accommodation to families. File photograph: Reuters

Families ‘falling under the radar’ of homelessness statistics, says Focus Ireland

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