Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust, said “we need urgent action to tackle this emergency’. Photograph: Reuters

More than 6,500 people will be in homeless accommodation by the end of the year, almost double the number from the start of 2015, said Fr Peter McVerr(...)

A value-for-money review has been ordered into all bodies engaged in combatting homelessness to see “if there is inefficiency or duplication that needs to be addressed”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A value for money and efficiency review of all homeless services and voluntary housing associations has been ordered by Minister for the Community Ala(...)

Hedge fund increases stake in Alliance Trust.

The activist hedge fund Elliott that forced change at Alliance Trust this year has increased its stake to more than 14 per cent, adding to pressure on(...)

I love the magic, the promise and the muddy-fingered industry of planting flower bulbs in autumn. Not only does it feel like an expression of hope,(...)

Tipperary’s Eddie Connolly and Cork’s Cian McCarthy during the Hurling League Division One clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in March, 2011. Photograph: Neil Danton/Inpho

The Tipperary hurler and footballer Eddie Connolly has died. He had battled brain cancer for two years. The 29-year-old Loughmore-Castleiney native to(...)

‘A recent Belfast opinion poll suggested a majority in favour of Mike Nesbitt’s action in pulling his Ulster Unionist party minister out of the Stormont executive. That was a clear illustration of widespread exasperation at the performance of the political classes.’ Above,   Mike Nesbitt (right) after speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast on Monday,  September 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Few things are certain about the peace process, but one thing seems sure enough in the latest crisis: that the Assembly which now requires yet another(...)

Joe Schmidt knows it’s a hazard of the job that the coach is usually the one to get it in the neck. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Did you know Ireland are just 3/1 to make the rugby World Cup Final? And that’s best price. Some sentimental bookies are only going 2/1. Sea The Stars(...)

Just like that: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with party colleagues at the FG think-in at The Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare Co Limerick. Photograph: The Irish Times

Since last week’s report on the Taoiseach’s convenient confusion over his decisive role in the “sacktirement” of a Garda commissioner, it’s difficult (...)

Barnaslingan Lane is one of those sleepy country roads where houses have names rather than numbers. However, thanks to a 10-minute drive to the Luas (...)

‘I watched the recent Newsnight interview with Yvette Cooper in amazement. How many people was she out to alienate?’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Who is really powerful in the British Labour party? Who wins votes, decides policies, commands budgets, doles out jobs? Who knows how to run something(...)