“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

Child homelessness in Dublin is increasing at more than twice the rate of adult homelessness, the latest official figures show. The figures are contai(...)

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’s son, Mark, died soon after birth at Portlaoise hospital in January 2012. Mr Molloy said it would be difficult to have faith (...)

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

The first sight some parents had of their dead babies at Portlaoise hospital was when their child was squeezed into a metal box on a wheelchair, co(...)

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

The Labour Party and Sinn Féin have been called on to support a bill to provide for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution(...)

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

The rate at which homes are being repossessed has increased by more than 500 per cent since last year, according to figures from the Courts Service(...)

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

Methadone maintenance is “not working” for a cohort of drug addicts, according to the newly appointed Minister of State with special responsibility fo(...)

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

Three-quarters of new social housing to be supplied in several major local authority areas under the Government’s social housing strategy will be sou(...)

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

Finally we are beginning to see some real detail as to how Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly intends tackling the national housing crisis. And w(...)

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

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has fallen by almost 40 per cent since the winter. However the number of adults in emergency accommodati(...)

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

A Yes vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum would be “in the best interests of children”, three of Ireland’s leading children’s chariti(...)