A new tenant-purchase scheme will allow local authority tenants to buy homes at discounts of up to 60 per cent of the market value. Eligible tenants can chose to buy using their own resources or can apply for a local authority loan. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Doubts have been cast on Dublin City Council’s ability to provide “subprime mortgages” to its tenants seeking to buy their council houses because of t(...)

The Government last week announced a €25 million plan to tackle homelessness, including funding for additional emergency beds, a night cafe for homeless people, free transport to available hostels and a commitment to purchase a hotel under the control of Nama for an accommodation and assessment centre for homeless families. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Proposals to construct 200 prefabricated houses for homeless people on vacant sites around Dublin city have been shelved by Dublin City Council. The c(...)

Sleeping rough. The 200 Dublin modular units would provide long-term housing for people in acute need

Proposals to build 200 houses on vacant Dublin City Council land by the end of 2016 to address homelessness in the city will be presented to councillo(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: called on Minister to increase rent supplement and bring in rent controls. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The Government could control rents rather than leaving them to the markets, a conference on homelessness has been told.Impact general secretary Shay C(...)

There were angry responses from some 
of the audience
at an Impact-organised conference on homelessness today during a question-and-answer session with Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton
, Minister for Social Protection
, above. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was heckled and interrupted as she spoke during a conference in Dublin today on homelessness.T(...)

Fr Peter McVerry has  said street homelessness could be ended in weeks with the provision of Nama properties, facilities and a number of appropriately qualified staff. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is part of the homelessness problem “when it is meant to be part of the solution”, according to Fr Peter McVerry.T(...)

“It’s about diverting some of the money from the emergency service to long-term support and secure accommodation,” Eoin O’Sullivan said. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The target to end homelessness by 2016 can be achieved if funding is diverted from expensive emergency accommodation to long-term sustainable homes, (...)

Ruth Coppinger: Government must act immediately on housing crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

A national housing rights campaign will intensify in coming weeks and months, a number of homeless families and political activists have said, followi(...)

A conference in Dublin heard how people were sacrificing quality of life to meet mortgage obligations, with homeowners selling belongings, cars and furniture, or going without food to ensure they kept up repayments.

The next “big wave” of homelessness is likely to come among former home-owners as repossessions “escalate” from this summer onwards, a conference i(...)

A new homelessness is emerging, growing in number and with children at the centre of it. Where the homeless population has traditionall(...)