Threshold chief executive Bob Jordan: “The current supplement is clearly inadequate, but in addition to increasing the payments in general, we would like to see more flexibility to deal with exceptional circumstances.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Rent supplement “top-ups” have been paid to more than 80 per cent of Dublin families referred by Threshold to the Department of Social Protection bec(...)

Threshold chief executive Bob Jordan said rent supplement rates were now far short of what it actually cost to rent a home. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

About half of tenants in receipt of rent supplement have to “top-up” to meet their rent, and three quarters of these are households with children, suc(...)

A blind teenage boy has secured €3.2m in settlement of his legal action over alleged delay in carrying out surgery to treat a potentially blinding eye(...)

The Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie in the sky” by the construction industry.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie (...)

A screenshot of the newly unveiled Microsoft Windows 10 is seen during a preview event in San Francisco. The familiar Start menu is back, with some improvements, including a space you can personalize with your favorite apps, programs, people, and websites.

Microsoft announced its ‘Windows 10’ operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward u(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: called on Minister to increase rent supplement and bring in rent controls. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The Government could control rents rather than leaving them to the markets, a conference on homelessness has been told.Impact general secretary Shay C(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next drugs rehabilitation centre or shelter for the homeless should be established on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the Seanad has heard.Independent (...)

Irene Dunne working on the Tenancy Protection Service helpline in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A helpline for families at risk of homelessness has been able to assist a quarter of callers successfully to remain in their homes since it started t(...)

 The group  says that cutting the windfall tax on property that is rezoned from agricultural use to residential to the standard 33 per cent rate, from its current 85 per cent level, would help speed up the supply of suitable land. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cutting the windfall tax on rezoned land and reducing the VAT on building houses in October’s budget would help boost the supply of residential accomm(...)

Threshold noted that, in the two-and-a-half weeks since the launch of a new scheme, they had been contacted by 180 families at risk of homelessness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The poorest 10 per cent in Irish society must be “front and centre” in planning for Budget 2015, according to St , one of 37 organisations taking par(...)