John Lynch in his home in Bray, Co Wicklow, with a framed photograph of his brother Jimmy who died in the Carrickmines fire where 10 perished. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Lynch lost 10 members of his family in a fire at a temporary halting site in Carrickmines last month and fears for the safety of his children and(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  “Anybody who wants a bed over this Christmas period will get it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of social houses built will increase tenfold by the end of the year, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. He was speaking fol(...)

“Families who are homeless are often squeezed into one tiny hotel room – nowhere to cook or for children to play.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 72 families with children presented to homeless services in Dublin in October, according to new figures from Focus Ireland. The charity, which i(...)

The voices of non-Catholic parents will grow louder against this state-sanctioned indoctrination of their children. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

A colleague, driving his unbaptised six-year-old daughter to school recently, was informed from the back seat: “God made this car, Daddy. My teache(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin signing the Book of Codolence at the Pro- Cathedral following mass on Saturday  where he spoke of the attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The events in Paris are a “horrific example of what fundamentalism can do and what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons”, Archbi(...)

 Sam McGuinness of Simon: “Children are forced to lay their head in inadequate accommodation, scared and vulnerable, without a safe home to look to this Christmas.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are now more than 1,400 homeless children in Dublin – more than twice as many as a year ago, the latest figures show. Data published last nigh(...)

In the Cork Circuit Court, Judge Donagh McDonagh struck out the cases because the bank was named as Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank, rather than Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank PLC

A court move by the Bank of Ireland to repossess three homes in Cork failed on Thursday because the bank got its own name wrong on its legal paperw(...)

Almost 600 members of the Irish theatre community gathered at the Abbey Theatre on Thursday afternoon to lobby for equality for women working in the a(...)

Some 889 applications for repossession were refused by the courts so far this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Banks have sought to repossess almost 4,500 homes since the start of the year, the latest figures from the Courts Service of Ireland indicate. These (...)

The falling number of orders in Dublin is a result of fewer cases being lodged, or more lenders and borrowers coming to mutual arrangements before the case reaches the point of repossession. Photograph: PA

Banks are continuing to obtain home repossession orders in increasing numbers. However, the rate at which they are initiating the arduous legal proce(...)