Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. A spokesman for the Minister confirmed early signature of the legislation on rent was being sought by the President. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins is to be asked to fast-track the new rent measures to avoid landlords increasing rent. The proposals, which in(...)

Centrica managing director of Ireland Eddy Collier: “I love Ireland. It’s easy to live here.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eddy Collier’s office, five floors above Dublin’s leafy Grand Canal banks, is a comfortable affair: a large desk, a snug couch big enough for a pow(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  “Anybody who wants a bed over this Christmas period will get it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of social houses built will increase tenfold by the end of the year, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. He was speaking fol(...)

“Families who are homeless are often squeezed into one tiny hotel room – nowhere to cook or for children to play.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 72 families with children presented to homeless services in Dublin in October, according to new figures from Focus Ireland. The charity, which i(...)

 Sam McGuinness of Simon: “Children are forced to lay their head in inadequate accommodation, scared and vulnerable, without a safe home to look to this Christmas.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are now more than 1,400 homeless children in Dublin – more than twice as many as a year ago, the latest figures show. Data published last nigh(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in Phibsborough, Dublin, as they unveiled the housing package after months of discussion between the two departments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housing charities have given a guarded welcome to the Government’s rent control package, but warned more needs to be done to help those most vulnerabl(...)

“The Taoiseach keeps talking about the emergency response to homelessness as if that is good enough.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The 100 ‘cold weather’ beds being offered in Dublin this month, to take rough sleepers off the streets during the winter, are unlikely to close as pl(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly speaking to reporters. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Tenants starting new leases could lose out under the Government’s new rent proposals, according to auctioneer Savills. Reacting to reports that rents(...)

Mary Coleman cheered on by supporters in the Phoenix Park during the Dublin Marathon last week.

Every Saturday morning for the past two months my alarm sounded at 5.45am. By 7.15am I was running along Seafield Road in Edinburgh, often in the half(...)

La Misère à Dublin - Le Mirroir . Image Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

On November 23rd, 1913, the Parisian newspaper Le Miroir carried a large photograph of two young boys sleeping on the street in the doorway of a well-(...)