The court heard that gardaí did not believe there was foul play involved. Photograph: Getty Images

A jury has returned open verdicts on the deaths of a homeless man and woman whose bodies were recovered within yards of each other from the river Lee (...)

Shane and Niall Murphy from Ballinteer jumping in support of Aquired Brain Injury Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dozens of hardy swimmers braved the cold conditions to take a morning plunge at Sandycove’s Forty Foot for the annual Christmas Day swim. With Met (...)

Cork Simon  saw a 63 per cent increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Cork in 2014 compared to 2013. File Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The homelessness crisis in Cork is worsening, with more people and more ending up on the streets and in emergency shelters, according to Cork Simon. I(...)

The Government needs to show the same urgency to the homelessness crisis that it showed to the foot and mouth crisis, a Cork campaign group has said. File photograph: Thinkstock

BThe Government needs to show the same urgency to the homelessness crisis that it showed to the foot and mouth crisis, a campaign group has said. Hou(...)

Leanne O’Callaghan (20) and son Aaron at her grandfather’s home in Gurranabraher, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A Cork mother who cannot afford to rent is sharing the family home with four generations. Leanne O’Callaghan (20) is living at her grandfather’s (...)

Joseph Rodgers, left, and Mick Fleming taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin on Christmas morning for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Photograph:  Frank Miller

For the kids Organise your own grotto and raise money for a charity of your choice. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and after an initial outla(...)

The number of people turning to Cork Simon after becoming homeless reached its highest level in five years in 2013 with the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the city rising to 174 people. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The number of people turning to Cork Simon after becoming homeless reached its highest level in five years in 2013 with the number of people sleeping (...)

Patrick’s Bridge over the river Lee in Cork city. “These patterns of disadvantage have persisted for many years,” the report notes. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Cork city suffers from levels of deprivation higher than the national average, with much of the city’s north side suffering most, according to(...)

According to the director of Cork Simon Community Dermot Kavanagh, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of people sleeping rough in Cork, with 54 per cent more sleeping rough for one night or more in the nine months up until the end of September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A chronic shortage of housing is proving the single biggest barrier to people escaping homelessness, with almost half of those in emergency accommodat(...)

Rachel Stevenson: says €2.2 million of Cork Simon’s €6.5 million spend comes from donations. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Although it is one of Ireland’s most established charities and one that has a particular place in the affections of Corkonians, even Cork Simon is not(...)