Fr Peter McVerry SJ Director of the Peter McVerry Trust: “The refusal to increase the rent allowance means that that sector is shut off to homeless people and to others who are dependent on the rent supplement.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government’s decision not to raise rent supplement payments, is a “disaster” that will “lock people into homelessness,” Fr Peter McVerry has warne(...)

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(...)

Edward Russell from the Cairdeas project meeting President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday,  where   a St Patrick’s Day reception  was  hosted for some 120 volunteers who work with the homeless.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The issue of homelessness cannot be separated from the issues of inequality and housing policy, President Michael D Higgins has said. President Higgi(...)

A still from a video which appears to show a garda spraying something at a handcuffed homeless man on Henry Street in Dublin. Video by Philip Campion

Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has called on the gardaí to undertake an investigation into a video which appears to show a garda spraying someth(...)

Isme chief Mark Fielding said the national minimum wage, which is currently set at €8.65, had failed in its stated task of addressing poverty.

The national minimum wage should be scrapped, a business lobby group has urged.Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association chief executive Mark Fie(...)

Minister of State for equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister of State for equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said Government is moving to prohibit discrimination against tenants in receipt of rent supplemen(...)

Fr Peter McVerry  will speak at the colloquium at Castlecoote House in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A colloquium on the theme of Ethics in Crisis takes place at Castlecoote House, near Roscommon town, on Wednesday.Speakers at the colloquium will incl(...)

A Tipperary man who threatened to Taser a woman and take away her children during a car-jacking in south Dublin has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A Tipperary man who threatened to Taser a woman and take away her children during a car-jacking in south Dublin has been sentenced to five years in pr(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive after Fr McVerry described the  Government’s social housing plans as ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive in his comments on the housing an(...)

Homeless trust founder Fr Peter McVerry said on Tuesday  for the “first time since the famine, we now have families sleeping in the streets, families with young children being told ‘there’s no accommodation available, you’re on your own’”.

A housing conference has been told the Government’s plan to provide 35,000 new social housing units by 2020 and end homelessness by 2016 are a “fantas(...)