People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett outside the units in St Laurence’s Park, Stillorgan:   council has been “sitting their hands while these homes lie empty while we are in the teeth of an unprecedented housing crisis”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public representatives condemn non-use of homes as ‘outrageous and scandalous’

An unpublished Housing Agency report showing Traveller housing targets have not been met at any point since they became compulsory for local authorities in 1998 was commissioned by Minister of State at the Department of Housing Damien English. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Consultation changes and legal sanctions on authorities would help to address Traveller housing targets, say Irish Traveller Movem(...)

Newstalk presenter George Hook. Photograph: Eric Luke

Presenter’s rape comments were abhorrent but censoring him will not help women

Traveller accommodation being built on Shanganagh Road in Co Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Authorities failed to achieve goals due to ‘local opposition and prejudice’, report says

A man in his 30s has been shot on Wheatfield Ave, Neilstown in Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Gardaí seeking witnesses to incident at 9.30pm on Wheatfield Avenue, Neilstown

Dónall Ó Cualáin filled the role of acting commissioner this summer when Nóirín O’Sullivan was on a six-week holiday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Formerly a sergeant in the Aran Islands, Ó Cualáin rose through the ranks

Acting Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving for the Public Accounts Committee. January 23rd, 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

From January 23rd, 2014 to her resignation, Garda commissioner faced controversy

George Hook apologised for comments on rape. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rape Crisis Centre says comments can lead to under-reporting

A concrete plan to end rough sleeping is needed,  Merchant’s Quay Ireland chief executive Tony Geoghegan said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Merchant’s Quay charity calls for greater investment in emergency accommodation

In Dublin the number of homeless children increased by 153, from 2,270 in June to 2,423. The number of homeless families in the capital grew by 63, from 1,115 to 1,178 since June. File photograph: iStockPhoto

In late July there were 2,973 children in 1,429 families using emergency accommodation

Public Piano at Pearse Station as Iarnród Éireann encourages commuters to play a tune. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Musical distraction from stresses of commuting life installed at busy Dublin platform

There is very limited access for children who have parents in prison,  with “screened” visits and six-minute  a day  phone calls

Conference told it is unknown how many Irish children have a parent in prison

Maynooth university graduate Kathleen Lawrence: ‘When I first came into the school the teacher gave me a colouring book and said I didn’t need to learn Irish.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kathleen Lawrence, who has graduated from Maynooth, was told she was ‘stupid’ at school

The number of homeless children in all forms of emergency accommodation in Dublin during the week of July 24th-30th was 2,423.

Focus Ireland’s head of advocacy says city’s child homelessness figures are ‘shocking’

‘Jack’ Howlett-Watson was found unconscious on a Dublin city centre street. He was later pronounced dead. Photograph: Geza Oravecz

Homeless man died after being found unconscious on Dublin city centre street

Ibrahim Halawa’s sister  Somaia at a press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin, August 31st, 2017, calling for action on his case. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Action against Egypt at ICJ required if date passes without release, says sister Somaia

Rustin Brdar, with his partner, Rachel Kane, and their daughter, Sienna, at the Peter McVerry Open Access Service, on Sherrard Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rustin Brdar (30) went through PTSD and addiction before getting his life together

Fans  watch the live coverage of the Conor McGregor V Floyd Mayweather boxing match from Las Vegas in a Dublin city pub. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fans crowd into Dublin pub to watch local boy fight Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas

Protesters outside the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former residents describe degrading treatment at church-run Magdalene laundries

Jim and Josie Connors with their grandchildren in their new home off Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines:  Jim (3), Michael (2), Michael (8) and Tom (6).  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Connors family on the enduring pain of the blaze that killed 10 of their loved ones

While the most common reason landlords gave for termination of lease was sale of the property (41%), followed by the fact that they or family were moving in (19%), a new reason was “renovations” (12.5%)

Housing charity claims landlords are finding ways to ‘weed out’ poorer families

Tourists look out at Niagara Falls from the Canadian side of the Canada/US border. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

‘Leaving Canada is no problem. At the other end, a double glass door controls entry’

Jamille Santos Da Silva and her son Valentin (5). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Jamile Santos Da Silva used it when seeking advice about her son, visa and rent

Deirdre Casey, development manager, Dublin city centre Citizens Information Service. Photograph: Tom Honan

Money advice and citizens information services due to be replaced with regional boards

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton: A Government delegation, led by Mr Stanton, will face questioning on issues including access to a lawyer for people in Garda custody and the impact of Ireland’s abortion regime on women and girls. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee Against Torture to examine Ireland’s compliance with convention

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho “is really traumatised”

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho ‘doesn’t think she will ever want to return to Ireland’

Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla, said he is “unclear” how publication of the review could interfere with the Section 9 investigation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Report is broadly positive and McBride believes it would bring balance to public discourse

Tusla officials have accused the Department of Children and Youth Affairs  of providing “incorrect” information in answers to parliamentary questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Children denies providing incorrect details to parliamentary questions

Paloma Aparecida Silva-Carvalho: was refused entry to Ireland when she arrived at Dublin airport’s Terminal 1 on Tuesday, and detained at the Dóchas women’s centre in Mountjoy prison overnight. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Embassy says 489 Brazilian nationals refused entry to Ireland last year, up from 312

Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty at  her pre-budget forum: “There genuinely are some groups of people that are more at risk of poverty than others, and one of them is children.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Regina Doherty says social protection focus in October must be on those most at risk

Up to the end of May this year there had been 163 committals for immigration issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland criticised for holding immigration detainees alongside sentenced prisoners

Tusla: Cork region is the largest of its 17 service areas. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Child protection allegations about foster carers not consistently responded to

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvahlo (centre) with Karin Muller-Wieland and her husband and their children. Photograph: Karin Mueller Wieland

Woman held in Dochas prison was trying to visit former employers in Galway for holiday

 Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvahlo (24), who was arrested at Dublin Airport while trying to visit a Co Galway family.

Brazilian woman (24) released after she was detained trying to visit ex-employers for holiday

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters protest at the Department of Justice  in Dublin, calling for an end to the direct provision system. File photograph: David Sleator

Interviews with 110 minors reveal concerns about poverty, stigma and personal safety

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall speaking about the publication of a report into Tusla’s procedures for handling complaints. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Case of man who died before his name was cleared highlighted in Ombudsman’s report

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: said all 647 families in commercial hotels or B&Bs at the end of May would be contacted by the end of last month with information about their “move-on options”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Total of 1,037 families living in emergency accommodation in June, latest figures show

Homeless mother Colleen McDonagh with her six children, Michael (12) Chloe (11), Sandra (9), John (7), Ger (5) and Anna (2).  The family has been homeless for 10 months after they lost the home they had rented for €1,000 a month when it was sold. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Dublin family were forced to split up over weekend after failing to find accommodation

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran is planning an event at which people with literacy difficulties and mental health problems can meet Ministers.  File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘People have put a lot of faith in me’: Minister plans event on literacy and mental health

 Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Issues Finian McGrath: “My job is to get those people out of those institutions that want to go, and get supports in place for them.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Dumping’ of relatives in institutions a key matter of concern in Government strategy

“Housing is not like other commodities. You can increase supply and the cost of housing can still increase...Homelessness is the most visible and extreme form of the violation of the right to housing.” File photograph: Getty Images

Cost of housing affecting women and children ‘as gap between costs and income grows’

The old Bargaintown building on Greencastle Parade, Coolock, which is being converted to a family hub for homeless people. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Family hubs’ could be next ‘direct provision’ for State’s poor, says NUI Maynooth report

Carers Eamon O’Fearghail  with Dorothy Meaney, Ireland’s Carer of the Year, as Family Carers Ireland presented its pre-budget submission. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Carer says mother ‘will end up in a nursing home when I cannot give her all she needs’

Catherine Connolly, along with  Clare Daly, is publishing the submission by  Reclaiming Self, a voluntary group of psychologists, solicitors and advocates,  to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

Psychologists report having to counsel abuse survivors after using Caranua’s services

Senator Martin McAleese at the launch of the report of the committee investigating State involvement with the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Government’s refusal to accept liability violates survivors’ dignity

Daniel O’Connor with his daughters, Stacy and Sophie, at their home in Tallaght after finally getting their mortgage-to-rent approval after 100 hours of negotiations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Single father Danny O’Connor’s case illustrates problems with government scheme

Eoghan Murphy plans to enable distressed borrowers whose income disqualifies them for social housing, to apply for the mortgage-to-rent scheme. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Eoghan Murphy to relax criteria to allow more distressed borrowers to apply for MTR

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it was “not good” that the call for an inquiry by senior HSE staff five years ago were not heeded. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior HSE staff highlighted concerns five years ago but these were not fully investigated

Catherine Coffey O’Brien and Terri Newman, both from Mayfield Cork, at the Mother and Baby Homes commisission of investigation conference. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Katherine Zappone hosted event in Dublin, with more planned around country

The number of homeless children has continued to rise, despite the accelerated efforts of authorities to address the situation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government figures show 2,777 children in emergency accommodation at the end of May

Actor and film-maker John Connors says he found his family ‘traumatised’ when he got home to the halting site where he lives. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor John Connors who lives at Dublin halting site says residents are ‘traumatised’

Eoghan Murphy: the Minister for Housing said the Government had not yet decided how it was going to decide “what affordable is”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Private developers must deliver affordable homes on lands benefitting from public funds

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (left) speaks to  Housing Agency chief executive John O’Connor and Conor Skehan, chair of the Housing Agency at the organisation’s annual conference in Croke  Park.

Eoghan Murphy wants more homes made available for rental market

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund  is designed to help pay for infrastructure to enable development of sites

Homes in one of State’s biggest private developments may cost €300,000

Andrew Turnell, an Australian child-protection expert who has pioneered an approach to child protection known as Signs of Safety. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New approach marks ‘paradigm shift’ in how Tusla will approach child protection

Edward Melly, principal of Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Co Dublin,  with view of school grounds which are to be sold by the Christian Brothers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Clonkeen College school board says sale of site to developer breaches 2006 agreement

“They said, ‘You have a house.’ My wife cried. Of course I cried. It was really emotional”: Maher Alassar with his wife, Alla Korilenko, and children, Gleb and Mariam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Palestinian refugee Maher Allassar and family overjoyed at heavenly new home

 Minister for Housing,Eoghan Murphy at the opening of 28 new homes at Greenmount Close, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sr Stan says homelessness policies show too much concern for ‘the market’

Tina McElligott  (16) with her mother Margaret, in Kilflynn, Co Kerry: her Alpers syndrome is relieved by cannabis oil, which is still illegal in Ireland.

Tina McElligott found relief from chronic seizures with cannabis oil obtained in Spain

Margaret McElligott from  Kilflynn, Co Kerry, with her 16-year-old girl, Tina, who is the world’s oldest sufferer of a rare genetic condition Alpers Syndrome. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Gino Kenny says legal advice needed to push Bill to help patients with certain symptoms

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Gene Clayton of the Iveagh Trust with  Ann Uzell who has downsized to a new one-bed apartment at Annamore Court in Ballyfermot. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eoghan Murphy pledges to increase housing stock and tackle planning bottleneck

While some Mater and St James’s patients had positive experiences of pain management, some were annoyed there was no palliative care at weekends.

New report outlines concerns of people whose loved ones died in Mater or St James’s

The report finds that an urban couple with an infant will need a basic net income of €420 per week, including €89.73 for food, €22.66 for clothing and €7.17 for bin charges. Photograph: Getty Images

Minimum Essential Standard of Living study looks at welfare and minimum wage incomes

Allowance for those in direct provision to increase by €6 a week for children and by €2.50 for adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

Increase to €21.60 a week to those in direct provision called ‘offensively miniscule’

An an open day at Exchange House National Traveller Service, Naomi Power, Winona O’Reilly and Reanna Stokes. Photograph:  Tommy Clancy

Education and accommodation key elements of Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy

 Prof Veronica O’Keane: accessing abortion through the Act is a “lottery” and dependent on which psychiatrist the distressed woman or girl attends. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Psychiatrists say Act leaves it to them to make Irish society’s decisions on abortion

Where a woman or girl is pregnant, suicidal and needs an abortion, she may present at any of several services – including  a family-planning clinic. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any clinician can invoke the Act and refer the woman or girl to a psychiatrist for an assessment

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Zeid bin Ra’ad warns of huge impact of State decisions on people’s reproductive rights

Repeal the Eighth?: allowing Ireland to vote on abortion would do psychiatrists, and girls like the one at the centre of this case, a service. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Constitution underpins the trauma of pregnant girl deemed at risk of suicide

Under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act a pregnant woman or girl  may have an abortion if  there is a real and substantial risk to her life by suicide. Photograph: Istock

Prof Veronica O’Keane says abortion not guaranteed even in cases where woman or girl may be eligible

Fred McBride chief executive of Tusla says ‘blame’ discourse is affecting social workers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fred McBride says accusations are making it more difficult to retain staff

Early this year, Tusla, the child and family agency, said the teenager girl was ready “to be discharged directly home”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Another case from Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights ‘refugee’ with no parents

“Certain child-protection matters are very complex indeed and require considerable resources.” Photograph: iStock

Some cases covered by study took up to 50 days in court, spread over months or years

One psychiatrist said that the child was at risk of self-harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Girl’s doctor said she was at risk of suicide due to pregnancy but termination was ‘not the solution’

Concerned parents with their children at Our Lady’s Grove primary school in Goatstown, where the religious owners sold land to Durkan Homes for a reported €13 million.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council to address issue as two schools in area sell off land

Principal of Clonkeen College Edward Melly has criticised the Christian Brothers’ decision to sell 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of playing fields behind the school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Clonkeen College head calls for State to take over school amid row with Christian Brothers

Retired judge Dr Bryan McMahon:  described as “very important” the recent Supreme Court judgment that the ban on working, without a time-limit, is unconstitutional.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ban on working is ‘harmful’ and leaves people ‘hollowed out’, says Dr Bryan McMahon

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English says he “very much” supports the review of the Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 1998 Act has been criticised for failing to brings sanctions against councils

The importance of work and career influences women’s personal lives and choices in a way it does not influence men’s, the study finds. Photograph: Istock

Study reveals growing social isolation and lower levels of wellbeing among older women

Barbara Delaney with her son Miley, who has cystic fibrosis, at the halting site. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Families given less than three weeks’ notice to leave severely overcrowded site

A family from Syria at a direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. The most recent figures  shows in April there were 4,617 asylum seekers in the 32 direct provision centres across the State. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

State must allow free access to jobs for asylum seekers or bring in a restrictive regime

Senator Lynn Ruane called on Caranua CEO Mary Higgins to resign from her role, at the Oireachtas Education Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘We make mistakes...and when that happens we say we’re sorry’, responds Mary Higgins

 Our Lady’s Grove  in Goatstown: 5.4 acres of fields have been put up for sale with a reported asking price of €10 million.

Concern more schools could be under pressure to give up land for housing

 Simon Coveney said the Dublin Region Homeless Executive had been given an almost “blank cheque” to ensure no family was ever left without an emergency bed. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Minister ‘annoyed’ at failure to provide beds having given ‘blank cheque’ to executive

The old Bargaintown building on Greencastle Parade, Coolock, which is being converted to a ‘family hub’ for homeless people. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Analysis: Rent control and security of tenure among key solutions

Cheryl Barnewell with her children Clayton  (9) and Rocco (23 months), who ended up having to sleep overnight in their car,  photographed in Finglas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Desperate hotel search sees mother, father and two young children run out of options

During the week of April 24th to April 30th there were 2,708 homeless children in 1,302 families across the State, compared with 2,643 in 1,256 families in March. Photograph: Getty Images

Law must protect them, say Focus Ireland and Ombudsman for Children

All 12 families were already homeless and “self-accommodating” on a night-to-night basis as they had not been provided with medium-term “emergency” accommodation. File photograph: iStockPhoto

No other accommodation for 12 homeless families, including more than 30 children

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, launching his annual report 2016. He said “family hubs” were “a positive step forward” but “a temporary solution to a long-term problem”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families to be moved from hotels and into ex-religious buildings from next month

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton is expected to publish the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy  by the summer. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traveller and Roma communities ‘suffered disproportionately’ from financial crisis

Independents4Change TD  Catherine Connolly is to  move a motion in the Dáil calling for measures, including a review of operations at Caranua, “without delay”.

Independents4Change TDs ‘inundated’ with complaints about independent State body

William Gorry: abuse survivor deeply hurt by Caranua chief executive Mary Higgins’s remarks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

William Gorry hurt by remarks from Caranua chief about survivors

Independent TD Kevin “Boxer” Moran pictured outside Government Buildings. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Member of Independent Alliance speaks out about his problems with literacy, dyslexia

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: On both marriage equality and the abortion issue he saw what, at the very least, had to be done and focused on taking no political risks to make them politically possible.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach handled divisive social issues, but only when it was safe to do so

The abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, were sent to 1,636 women on the island of Ireland  between January 2010 and December 31st, 2012.

British Medical Journal publishes findings suggesting abortion pills are safe alternative

Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness will present the Bill to the parliamentary party. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fund would buy distressed mortgages from banks and let the homes back to occupiers

People Before Profit’s Hazel de Nortúin  and her daughter  Zara  at their home. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Change ‘essential’ if young women are to be attracted into politics, they say

Over 460 young people were interviewed, aged 17-25. And it was found that 60% had experienced inter-parental psychological abuse. File photograph: Getty Images

UL researcher reveals specific form of mental cruelty harder for children to make sense of

The National Drugs Crisis protest at the Dáil in 2006: the new national drugs strategy will be published this  summer; it comes  21 years after the first such “national statement” from central government on drugs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is easier to blame communities for their problems than to risk helping them

The Irish Assemblies of God plans to sell the Greystones property. Photograph: Getty Images

Pentecostal denomination Irish Assemblies of God issues notice to 30 recovering addicts

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