The number of people turning to Cork Simon after becoming homeless reached its highest level in five years in 2013 with the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the city rising to 174 people. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Simon Community report says 1,187 people sought support from charity last year

Cllr Sean Martin outside Cork City Hall. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Councillors vote by 17 to 12 to pass budget which sees funding for Cork down by €13m

Thomas and Helen O’Driscoll (centre) in front of the cortege carrying coffins bearing the bodies of their twin sons Thomas and Patrick O’Driscoll outside the Holy Cross Parish Church in Charleville in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Family of twins killed by brother who took his own life face funeral bill of €13,000

New citizen Maria Guaman from Ecuador at the citizenship ceremony in UCC. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Nearly 850 people granted Irish citizenship in ceremony at University College Cork

Minister for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 
a cross-Border inquiry into sex abuse allegations against paramilitaries is being considered by the Government. Photograph:

Minister says priority is to ensure those against whom allegations made do not pose threat

 Winterval 2013: this year’s festival, which was launched on Friday night, will feature 32 events in its five-week duration until December 23rd

Some 300,000 visitors expected to attend markets and other events

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Enda Kenny ‘confident’ Irish Water will pass European Commission’s ‘market test’

 Louise O’Keeffe, who pursued her case to the European Court of Human Rights.  Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins Court

Taoiseach lauds child sex abuse survivor for her courage and tenacity

Barack Obama evoked the tradition of European emigrants crossing the Atlantic to a “nation of immigrants,” including Irish and those fleeing famine, in making his case for legislative action. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

US president mentions illegal Irish immigrants in Chicago in speech at Las Vegas high-school

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