This year, 7,404 students sat the physics paper. Pat Doyle, a teacher at the Institute of Education, said that the higher level exam was fair and balanced with nothing nasty or unexpected. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The final week of the Leaving Cert has coincided with the start of a mini-heatwave, leaving more than 14,000 students sitting physics, physics and (...)

Peter McVerry: Majority of those the founder’s trust helped were young men. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Peter McVerry Trust, which works with homeless young people in the Dublin area, helped almost 3,600 last year, an increase of 17 per cent on 2012,(...)

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown estimates that about 2,500 new homes are needed annually to help meet demand.

Local authorities say it is often impossible to find affordable accommodation for low-income families as the cost of rent continues to rise.Local auth(...)

Sleeping rough. The question of how to deal with the danger faced by 
of
the increasing numbers of 
rough-sleepers
homeless people who 
choosing to 
sleep in bins is to be discussed by Dublin City Council in conjunction with the city’s waste recycl
ers, it has emerged
ing companies.

The question of how to deal with the danger faced by the increasing numbers of homeless people who sleep in bins is to be disc(...)

Homeless agencies have given a cautious welcome to the Social Impact Investing scheme announced in the budget, which will focus initially on housing projects. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Homeless agencies have given a cautious welcome to the Social Impact Investing scheme announced in the budget, which will focus initially on housing p(...)

Fr Peter McVerry:  said  political leadership was needed to end homelessness as charities could only do so much.Photograph: Alan Betson

For the second time in as many days, a leading charity working with the homeless has claimed that the problem is at its worst for decades.Fr Peter McV(...)

  Fr Peter McVerry. His trust will next week take over the running of St Catherine’s Foyer, near St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Peter McVerry Trust has moved to dispel fears over changes to a homeless hostel in Dublin’s southwest inner city.The trust will next week take ove(...)

Henry De Bromhead: should be on the mark at Wexford with Saltmills Blackie.

Conditions could be very quick at Wexford this evening and that should suit Annie Other down to the ground when she lines up for the handicap chase.Th(...)

Question nine on yesterday’s physics paper was, unusually, a full question on radioactivity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It was a good day for lovers of numbers as 6,677 physics students took on a maths-heavy exam with more than the usual measure of radioactivity. Michae(...)

A homeless women in one of the rooms in the Camden Hall hostel in Dublin.

Ireland’s largest homeless hostel, Camden Hall in Dublin, is to close less than a year after being taken over by the Peter McVerry Trust. (...)