Council tenants will be pursued for any unpaid water bills by their local authority housing managers, under legislation being drawn up by Government. Above, People before Profit Kim O’Donnell, Brid Smith, Paul Shields and Andrew Keegan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Memo to housing managers sets out responsibility to collect water bill arrears

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has indicated he favours increasing housing supply rather than rent controls. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Reports say rent controls could lead to tens of thousands of rented properties exiting system

Students from St Margaret’s NS with Ryan Tubridy, at the launch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul annual appeal, in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

St Vincent de Paul launched its annual appeal for support on Wednesday

Mark Burke (37) of Dún Laoghaire has been identified as the man whose body parts were found at a recycling plant.

Death of Dún Laoghaire man being treated as suspicious as appeals for help sought

More than half (62 per cent) of these children are with their families in hotel or B&B emergency accommodation, often sharing one room. Photograph: Thinkstock

Focus Ireland says ‘child welfare crisis’ requires urgent Government intervention

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brendan lived in emergency accommodation for 10 months with his mother and younger brother. Two months ago they moved into an apar(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Billy lived in private emergency accommodation for seven months with his parents and younger brother and sister. He is now in supp(...)

Conor lives with his father in an apartment, after eight years moving between homeless facilities with his family

Lucy has been living in a hotel with her parents, younger sister and infant brother for six months

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