Homelessness is top of the news agenda again. Why is that? The number of families becoming homeless, especially in Dublin, has been going up since (...)

A homeless man in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:26

A scheme to relocate hundreds of homeless Dublin families to vacant homes around the country will be considered by Government in the autumn. Work on (...)

Focus Ireland life president Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and singer Sharon Murphy at a concert held in Meeting House Square celebrating 30 years of the organisation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

An event marking the 30th anniversary of the homeless charity Focus Ireland was held in Dublin on Wednesday and speakers noted how the organisation wa(...)

If you wanted to find a crucible in which to grind down the mental health of men, women and especially children, homelessness would do the job just(...)

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of homeless children in Dublin has doubled in a year, the latest figures show. Data just released by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (...)

Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

On November 18th last year, on the floor of Leinster House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is n(...)

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(...)

A family with three children  under the age of six were sleeping rough around Mountjoy Square in Dublin last night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three children under the age of six slept rough with their parents in Dublin last night, according to organisations working with the homeless. The In(...)

‘Nothing is ordinary in India. And everything is diminished by comparison, even poverty.’ Above, two homeless people in Mumbai.  Photograph:  INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

A cold February morning in 2005 when I returned to Dublin. A wet dishcloth of a day. And out on the motorway, a grim sort of silence, so that for a mo(...)

 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(...)