The Simon Communities is calling for an increase in rent supplement and for the introduction of “long awaited” rent certainty measures. Photograph: The Irish Times

Over 90 per cent of the properties available to rent are too expensive for people dependent on rent allowance, a survey conducted by the Simon Communi(...)

Members of Merlin College Choral Group from Galway and performers from Bui Bolg, Wexford, at the launch of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 at Bluebell Youth Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €600,000 has been earmarked to combat unemployment among the most disadvantaged young people. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reil(...)

Gardaí in Letterkenny: First time “car wash slavery” has been seen in Ireland. Photograph: North West Newspix

The term may be new in the Irish context, but so-called “car wash slavery” has become a major problem in the UK and other European countries in recent(...)

Angela Coughlan with just some of her grandchildren that live with her in her two-bedroom house in Ballyfermot where she lives with the rest of her children. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nine people live in Angela Coughlan’s two-bedroom home in Ballyfermot, Dublin. A retired pharmacy assistant, she had been sharing the house she inheri(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has rejected claims the planned merger of Cork city and county councils is fundamentally anti-democrati(...)

Uplift will host an event at the Famine Memorial at Customs House Quay in Dublinon Friday to show solidarity with refugees. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A website calling on people to “pledge a bed” for refugees and migrants had more than 1,000 offers of accommodation, in 28 counties across the islan(...)

Immanuel Chirwa (18), who sat this year’s Leaving Cert while living in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Immanuel Jayden Chirwa (18), originally from South Africa, is one of about 22 asylum seekers who sat the Leaving Cert this year. He lives in Mosney (...)

Nicole Tyrrell  and her daughter Avery (2),  Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Nicole and Malcolm Tyrrell began downloading application forms for primary schools for their daughter, Avery (2), several weeks before she was born. (...)

A family with three children  under the age of six were sleeping rough around Mountjoy Square in Dublin last night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three children under the age of six slept rough with their parents in Dublin last night, according to organisations working with the homeless. The In(...)

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Child homelessness outside Dublin is increasing at almost three times the rate it is in the capital, the latest figures from the Department of Environ(...)