Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said modular housing units should be in place before Christmas. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Emergency legislation will be introduced if necessary to deal with the housing crisis, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. Mr Kelly said(...)

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(...)

Up to 500 modular housing units will be provided by the spring as family emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times 4:02

Some 150 units of modular housing for homeless families are to be sourced “on an emergency basis” under a new fast-tracked procurement process. Minis(...)

A value-for-money review has been ordered into all bodies engaged in combatting homelessness to see “if there is inefficiency or duplication that needs to be addressed”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A value for money and efficiency review of all homeless services and voluntary housing associations has been ordered by Minister for the Community Ala(...)

The Irish patrol ship LÉ Niamh successfully rescued 317 men, 11 women and one child about 58km north of Tripoli in Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh arrived at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily at 8.15am on Sunday with 329 refugees and migrants on board after car(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly disagreed with Fr McVerry’s assessment of emergency hostels, saying there were over 120 drug free and alcohol free beds available. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said the Government will supply “whatever funding is necessary” to deal with homelessness and he expects t(...)

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(...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, in his office on Great Strand Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund.

Every morning, on the way up to his office in a building off Dublin’s north quays, the Ombudsman for Children passes his job description, which is wri(...)

Fr Peter McVerry says in places buying drugs is easier than buying pizza.

Buying drugs in parts of Ireland can be easier than ordering pizza,” said campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, who believes the “war on drugs has long been lo(...)

 Fr Peter McVerry said that hitherto, the issue of homelessness was not a major issue for the main political parties as they didn’t see the homeless as voters. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry has backed a call by founder of Focus Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to hold a referendum on the right t(...)