The Government and health authorities pledged to close unsuitable “congregated settings” within a seven-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Government plans to move up to 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities out of outdated institutions within a six-year period are likely to take de(...)

Susan Morgan with Aaron (16), Sara (14) and Abu (5) at home in Labasheeda, Co Clare. “We were very lucky to get this beautiful house. I have a big kitchen-dining room, and this big utility room.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Leaving her council house in Dublin to bring her four children to live in Co Clare was the “best thing” Susan Morgan ever did for her family. She and (...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said the figures,  obtained in a series of information requests to local authorities, showed 2,612 vacant properties. Photograph: Sara Freund

Local authorities have more than 2,600 vacant homes across the State and cuts in refurbishment funds of €6.15 million, according to Freedom of Informa(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the environment Barry Cowen says “the Government is significantly understating the extent of the crisis, using figures that are actually two years out of date.”  Photograph: Sara Freund

Almost 45 per cent more families and individuals are on social housing waiting lists than official Government figures show, Fianna Fáil has claimed. T(...)

Alan Maguire at the Ghost Estate Farmlea Manor Ferrybank, Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Alan Maguire and Carol Anne Kennedy live, with two dogs, on a small housing estate just outside Waterford city. The estate, just over the Co Kilkenny(...)

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior Coalition figures believe changes will have to be made to the structure of water charges to help “draw a line” under controversies surrounding (...)

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Child homelessness outside Dublin is increasing at almost three times the rate it is in the capital, the latest figures from the Department of Environ(...)

‘We need to learn from this. We can’t keep building crap.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin’s motto is obedientia civium urbis felicitas (the citizen’s obedience is the city’s happiness). This is perhaps the most unDublin motto ther(...)

Building regulations: Dublin local authorities have significantly added to the general national requirements, often dramatically pushing up the cost of construction in the process.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The shortage of available housing in Dublin is now acute. It is creating enormous social problems, not least the very worrying rise in homeless childr(...)