Focus Ireland and Threshold pointed out Private Residential Tenancies Board  report did not ask landlords how they would react to the introduction of rent controls. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Well-designed rent control a vital part of housing market, says Focus Ireland

 An estimated 36 per cent of landlords are classified as “accidental” landlords. Some 65 per cent of them own just one property and more than 70 per cent of landlords have an outstanding debt on their property. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A significant proportion of both landlords and tenants found private rented sector unattractive at present

A study from the PRTB says rent controls would not address the underlying problems in the sector

Consultants propose tax reduction for landlords and code of conduct on buy-to-let arrears

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Focus says decision will condemn more families to homelessness as Christmas approaches

Caroline Dunne: seeking answers as to why her children’s names were entered into the Garda’s Pulse database. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Children aged four and five had been put on Garda database and given criminal tags

Flowers  at Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, Co Dublin,  where  two-year-old Hassan Khan died. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inquiry will try to establish if the boy had been harmed before

File photograph of Hassan Khan, whose body was found in a Dublin apartment on Thursday

Hassan Khan (2) has been monitored by agency since child rescue alert in August

Protesters from the ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign returning water packs collected at protests to Pearse Roe, of Irish Water, earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Water utility issues clarification saying tenants are responsible for water charges

Economist with the Unite trade union says Budget 2015 was ‘significantly regressive’

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