A leading homeless charity has warned that the rapid rise in people accessing its services has placed a huge strain on its resources. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

A leading homeless charity has warned that the rapid rise in people accessing its services has placed a huge strain on its resources. The Peter McVerr(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly speaking to reporters. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Tenants starting new leases could lose out under the Government’s new rent proposals, according to auctioneer Savills. Reacting to reports that rents(...)

Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust, said “we need urgent action to tackle this emergency’. Photograph: Reuters

More than 6,500 people will be in homeless accommodation by the end of the year, almost double the number from the start of 2015, said Fr Peter McVerr(...)

A modular home: the sample houses are prefabricated and can be assembled within days. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Plans to install up to 250 modular houses on vacant sites in Dublin for homeless families living in hotels are to be backed by city and county counci(...)

 Emma in her new apartment at Pim Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Emma (19) was homeless for a year, but now she is sitting on her sofa in her new apartment in Dublin. She moved in three weeks ago and plans to stud(...)

Fr Peter McVerry receives the French human rights prize from Jean-Pierre Thebault the French Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fr Peter McVerry has been awarded the France-Ireland Human Rights Award for fighting homelessness and poverty in Ireland. Fr McVerry (left), who rece(...)

Ed Sheeran, Tesla cars and GPS satellites featured in today’s higher level physics exam, a modern paper with applications to everyday life. The(...)

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(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: the trust he set up is opening a 36-bed centre in Dublin city and  14-bed accommodation in Newbridge, Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/Irish Times

An extra 50 beds for homeless people are being provided in Dublin and Kildare by the Peter McVerry Trust. The housing charity will offer the beds thro(...)