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(...)

There were 371 families, with 803 children, in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month – an increase of more than 40 per cent since June last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of families with children becoming homeless in Dublin continues to rise, data from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) shows. There(...)

A spokeswoman for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, which co-ordinates homeless services across the four local authorities in Dublin, confirmed it could not guarantee emergency accommodation to families. File photograph: Reuters 1:39

Serious difficulties are being encountered by families trying to access emergency accommodation in Dublin when they lose their homes. The chari(...)

“I’ve told the kids the heating is broken in the house and we’ll move back in soon. I’m trying to protect them, but normality is gone for them.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Louise, a 31-year-old Dublin mother, had to split her three children up this week after losing her private rented accommodation. She was unable to acc(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is among those on the shortlist for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A holocaust survivor, a Burmese human rights lawyer and the United Nations secretary general are among those shortlisted for the Tipperary Internation(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: the trust he set up is opening a 36-bed centre in Dublin city and  14-bed accommodation in Newbridge, Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/Irish Times

An extra 50 beds for homeless people are being provided in Dublin and Kildare by the Peter McVerry Trust. The housing charity will offer the beds thro(...)

Organisers Katherine McKenna, Dermot Richardson and Joan Hunt at Tallaght Adventure World. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Dermot Richardson and his partner, Katherine McKenna, decided to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless in their community in Tallaght, Dublin, (...)

Independent TD Maureen O’ Sullivan says  homelessness needs a ‘multi-pronged’ approach if it is to be solved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said a multi-pronged approach was needed to deal with homelessness. She said Prof Diarmaid Ferriter had observed tha(...)

Twelve years ago nobody wanted to hear groups such as Focus Ireland, Simon or Threshold complaining. The country was in the upward spiral of a boom. Who needed to listen?

It seems to me that the true heroes at Christmas are the men and women who live in B&Bs and hotels but who make something special of the day for t(...)

Children from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough St., at the Opening of the 20th year of the IFA Live Animal Crib. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some people are extremely hypocritical when it comes to helping homeless people, Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said. He said he had received ema(...)