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(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in Phibsborough, Dublin, as they unveiled the housing package after months of discussion between the two departments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housing charities have given a guarded welcome to the Government’s rent control package, but warned more needs to be done to help those most vulnerabl(...)

Dublin needs about 10,000 new homes to be built each year. In the past year, about 3,300 were completed. The Nama sites should provide about 4,000 hom(...)

Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

On November 18th last year, on the floor of Leinster House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is n(...)

There is no legal obligation on the local authority to provide housing services to homeless people. Photograph: Reuters

Legislation to ensure no child sleeps rough must be introduced urgently, housing charity Focus Ireland has said. Mike Allen, the organisation’s dir(...)

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(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time since the homelessness crisis began last year. The latest figures fr(...)

Rent supplement rates have been allowed to fall well behind real market rents forcing some families into homelessness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The biggest single reason driving the rise in homelessness is the number of families unable to meet the rents being charged by their landlords, an Oir(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 1,000 children in Dublin are homeless and living in emergency accommodation, the latest official figures show. The figures, from the Dublin Re(...)