Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Middle classes must be convinced afflicted children worth investing in, forum hears

Traveller housing in Ballymun, Dublin. Seventeen local authorities have between them failed to spend €10.3 million on Traveller housing in the first three-quarters of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than half of local authorities have spent none of their 2018 allocation

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy had caused confusion with homelessness figures, an Oireachtas committee was told. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee told rationale for removal of some people from data ‘unclear’

The St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government-appointed expert group proposes financial penalty for underspending

The stand-off between the two bodies  follows an incident in June when a family at the Labre Park site in Ballyfermot accused the council of destroying their mobile home and belongings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Committee has not met since April as result of incident at Labre Park, Ballyfermot

Peter Casey “clearly spoke to the only experience many people have of Travellers, which is negative”. Photograph: PA

Businessman seen by many as recognising struggles of post-austerity Ireland

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said as these families were not in traditional homeless accommodation but in ‘own-door’ temporary accommodation, they could not be categorised as homeless. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy accused of ‘political manipulation’ as families taken off monthly list

Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy: although providing and managing  30 per cent of social housing, approved housing bodies are not subject to statutory regulation. Photograph: Frank Miller

C&AG notes just 246 of 547 housing bodies have signed up for regulatory system

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, said: ‘We are still very much in the midst of a crisis in homelessness in this country’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Focus Ireland figures reveal 9,698 people in emergency accommodation in September

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has called for a sentencing database. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Noeline Blackwell suggests lack of information on sentencing may put victims off

 Amanda Carroll  a 33 year old mother of two was found by a close relative on Sunday, at her apartment in Cabra. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí alerted after paramedics called to scene in Cabra on Sunday afternoon

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, speaking at the Niapp conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 25 per cent of all sexual offences are carried out by children, conference hears

Traveller families will stage a protest during a visit by Peter Casey (above). Photograph Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

Presidential candidate claims families sought stables and paddocks with houses built for them

The Land Development Agency will have compulsory purchase powers and will identify and release land banks for the construction of 150,000 homes over 20 years. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Negotiations will have ‘quid pro quo’ for facilitating development

 Kerry Anthony,  chief executive of  Depaul, at the launch of the homeless charity’s annual report.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Charity ‘surprised’ at lack of health funding in homeless project

Philip and Charlie McCarthy with their horses Dream Girl and Painted Lady on the old site at Cabragh Bridge in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

Stand-off shows ‘lack of understanding’ between Travellers and settled community

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe takes questions about Budget 2019. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Single person on €75,000 a year will gain 10 times as much as a single earning €25,000

File image of cousins Ann  and Maryann during a celebration  of Traveller ethnicity at   Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Education expert makes call amid proposals to mandate teaching of Traveller history

Larry McMahon, Mary Bowden and Lena Kenny  at the Prague House Care Company, Chapel St, Freshford, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Residents of low-dependency ‘care homes’ in the southeast face an uncertain future

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: to tackle the deepest children’s poverty, she will need  political backing from  colleagues in the Departments of Children, Housing, Education, Health and Justice.  Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Analysis: Despite welcome measures, more must be done to help worst-off children

Funding for early learning and childcare schemes is to go up by €90m to €574m.

Unions warn of staffing crisis in sector and say Budget 2019 a ‘missed opportunity’ to improve conditions

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced that the full rate of all social welfare payments will increase by €5 a week from next March. File photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe also announces new paid parental leave scheme

Thobekile Sibanda and her child Kai in Clondalkin Towers in west Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The capital’s largest direct provision centre, in west Dublin, has 225 residents

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan: Said in 2014 – when still a councillor – it would be a “dreadful waste . . . of taxpayers’ money” if the Mount Anville site was used for Traveller accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Site earmarked for Traveller accommodation has lain idle due to residents’ objections

Decriminalisation would not apply just to the “stereotypical problem user that everyone has a mental image of”, says Marcus Keane, but “the entire country”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Potential change in law being considered by working group expected to report in 2019

Mary Berry with her daughter Helen Berry in a temporary site just outside Wexford Town. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Family in Co Wexford grieving for lost siblings suffering due to ‘lack of compassion’

The county with the most long-term unemployed young people is Dublin, with 1,697 followed by Cork with 526. Photograph: iStock

Youth council seeks €22m State investment as it aims to halve figure in coming year

Residents at Clondalkin Towers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Clondalkin Towers Hotel to close December 3rd when management company pulls out

 A view of the crowd at the Raise the Roof protest at the Dail on Wednesday .Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘At least half a million people...whose housing situation is causing them serious distress’ - Fr Peter McVerry

Dr Colum McCaffery and his dogs Saoirse, Áine and Stevie. ‘You were afraid going in. You had to have a strategy, stay in the crowd.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

‘It’s time to talk about what these teachers did ... My childhood was stolen’

Jasmine Mooney: ‘I want to settle and have a bit of stability. My life, it feels like it’s on hold.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Focus Ireland: 15% of the care-leavers it works with in Dublin are homeless

Last year’s March for Choice, from Parnell Square to Merrion Square in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Event to act as ‘reminder’ to Government that ‘nothing on the ground has changed’

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin: said the official homelessness figures published by the department were now ‘meaningless’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Department of Housing accused of manipulating figures to stay below 10,000 threshold

Since 2016 the private rental sector’s role in social housing has increased from 74.2 per cent to 75.4 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figures show the heavy reliance on the private sector has increased

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin disputes claim number of households in need fell 14,000

Half of the families interviewed for the study were in “the deepest level of income inadequacy”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Study paints a stark picture of the reality of living long-term without an adequate income

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Minister for Health Simon Harris chat to Joe Shannon in St Agatha’s Court, North William Street, Dublin where they launched a homeless initiative. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Joe Shannon was destitute when the Housing First scheme was deployed by the McVerry trust

Under Housing First long-term homeless adults, including chronic rough sleepers with a range of complex needs, are placed directly into social housing. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘We will work with local Simon communities, NGOs and the local authorities,’ says Murphy

Misogyny towards single mothers is ‘not diminishing fast enough’, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Regina Doherty says misogyny towards single mothers is ‘not diminishing fast enough’

Grace Dyas: her  play, “Heroin”, co-written with Rachael Keogh,  portrays drug use in Dublin since the 1970s. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Grace Dyas’s ‘Heroin’ explores addiction and demonisation of addicts as ‘class genocide’

Glebe House occupiers draped a banner from two upstairs windows saying, “Raise the Roof 2.30pm, October 3rd” in reference to a housing protest outside Dáil Éireann at that time. Photograph: Kathleen Harris/The Irish Times

‘This is our land . . . It doesn’t belong to vulture funds or millionaires who sit on property ’

Crowds march on the National Day of Action over the housing shortage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Take Back the City campaign rallies thousands in support of peaceful demonstration

An ESRI report published in January found 21 per cent of lone parent families in consistent poverty compared with 6 per cent of families with two parents. File photograph: Getty Images

‘Lone parents are in crisis . . . a rental and housing crisis,’ claim advocacy groups

‘We have to be clear that we want equality in the home – not homes where dominance prevails. This is the root of all violence’ Sharon O’Halloran said

Family home a place of coercion for some women, according to Safe Ireland chief executive

 Minister for  Social Protection  Regina Doherty and chairwoman of the Citizen Information Board   Ita Mangan review the organisation’s annual report. Photograph: Colm Mahady, Fennells

Thousands of hits came from UK-based visitors


Case reports highlight difficulties of finding suitable placements for children in care

Claire Elliott at the house in Belcamp Avenue. She has been on the council housing list since 2008. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

‘Don’t mess my three babies about. I just want to keep them safe and secure’

Merchants Quay Ireland co-founder Tony Geoghegan said it was “hard to be optimistic at the moment” about housing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Homeless single adults being ‘left behind’, Merchants Quay Ireland co-founder says

President Michael D Higgins with former ministers, Brendan Daly, Donie Cassidy, Michael Mulcahy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

President Michael D Higgins among those at Mass for founder of ‘Sunday Tribune’ and ‘Phoenix’

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Gardaí took family to Portiuncula Hospital after they presented as homeless last week

In the cases of at least of the deaths examined for the study, “the stigma and shame of drug use was a contributing factor in death by suicide”. File photograph: Getty Images

Families report feelings that their grief was ‘disenfranchised’ after drug-related deaths

Party founder Hermann Kelly at the Irexit Freedom to Prosper conference at the Bonnington Hotel, in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Republic is contributor of ‘€400m to old drunk men who make our laws’, agm hears

Eoghan Murphy wants local authorities to build more hubs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Murphy’s comments are first policy statement since family slept in Garda station last month

Difene, which is frequently prescribed for back pain, is a traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Photograph: Thinkstock

Difene use increases the likelihood of major cardiovascular events, study finds

 Stacey Spain with her son Korbin and Nicole Reilly with her daughter Kaiya on Sheriff Street.  “I would’ve loved to get a place around here but there’s no houses,” said Ms Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Developers chasing profits as locals forced to move out of area, say community groups

Christopher Karagiorgis (13) with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne, from Ashford, who have been unable to find a suitable secondary school for their son. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Urgent need’ to invest in secondary school places for such children, warns campaigner

Fred McBride is to step down as the head of Tusla. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tributes paid to Child and Family Agency boss after announcement of his departure

 Protestors at Number 34 North Frederick Street protesting against a court injunction directing the occupants of the house to leave. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Homeless children numbers in Clare and Limerick up 120% since July 2017

Nona Varimashivili got 32 days’ notice to leave despite having lived there since May 2014 and being entitled to notice of 112 days. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Tenants were given just 32 days’ notice to leave despite being entitled to 112 days

‘The evidence is that the policies are working,’ Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

Eoghan Murphy says ‘incredibly deep’ housing crisis could not be solved in two years

The Stand4Truth protest at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin which was held at the same time as  the Papal Mass at Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA

Stand For Truth rally at Garden of Remembrance began at same time as the papal Mass

American students walking the Liberties with cultural officer  James Madigan during a tour of the area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shopkeepers show the best of local hospitality to the latest arrivals to the area

The Survivors of Child Abuse  group  called on Pope Francis to “repatriate all assets” of abusive religious orders   to the State. Photograph:   Max Rossi/Reuters

Survivors of Child Abuse group had hoped to meet with pontiff ahead of Saturday

In an inspection in March, Hiqa found ‘peer-to-peer physical interaction incidents continued’ in Drombanna Centre, operated by RehabCare in Limerick.

Hiqa found Drombanna Centre in Limerick had fire safety failings

It’s time Fianna Fáil ‘stood up and spoke out’ on the mortgage arrears issue, says party TD John McGuinness. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness calls for recall of the Dáil over mortgage arrears issue

Patrick Menton (76) who has been  in Connolly Hospital since December.

Patrick Menton ready to go home since February, but cannot until hours secured

The Department of Housing also plans to revisit ghost estates as a potential source of vacant homes. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Department of Housing urges councils to acquire vacant properties for social housing

Members of the Traveller community protesting over accommodation in 2014. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Housing figures show 585 families living by the side of the road

The three mothers whose testimony is used for the documentary all became homeless with their children from the private rented sector. Image: ‘Through The Cracks’

Children describe anxiety, shame and fear over living in emergency accommodation

Outside St Peter’s Church, Bray Co Wicklow on Monday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘We will never forget you’: Funeral of mother of two Amanda Gilbert takes place in Bray

 Shelly Gaynor: “We’re not looking for anything special. We’re looking for equal rights that everyone else has.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish ratification of UN convention on rights for people with disabilities is ‘ironic’

File image of Amanda and Tara Gilbert. Photograph: Facebook

Service will be held for Amanda Gilbert in Bray following her death on Friday

Caroline Carroll (C) who spoke about her sister Danielle at the inaugural Danielle Carroll Summer School in Dublin 8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sister of Danielle Carroll addresses inaugural summer school in her honour

Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment,  said the department needed to consider ways to "incentivise" older people to stay at work. Photograph: EPA

Minister for Employment suggests people save their pensions towards lump sum at 70

Many Travellers live in sites without regular rubbish collections and where their landlords – the local authorities – carry out little or no maintenance despite the fact they pay rent for their homes, a report has found

Councils accused of breaching their tenants’ international human rights

Some 53,755 child protection and welfare cases were referred to Tusla last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agency’s annual report shows 48 young adults who had left care were homeless

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California.  Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Facebook

Dr Mary Aiken says asking company to self-regulate like asking drink drivers to award themselves penalty points

“We need to hear a response from Facebook and an explanation from them as to why they haven’t upheld their own standards,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Varadkar raises prospect of penalties after revelations

Facebook has been criticised for the way content moderators based in Dublin approached offensive and violent material.  Photograph: Reuters

Minister for Communications to hold talks with social network over ‘Dispatches’ exposé

 Marc Carroll  and Sharon Brerton outside their log cabin   in Raheny,  Dublin. Photograph:James Forde

Dublin couple have been ordered by Bord Pleanála to take down log cabin they call home

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Opinion: 'Suits' actor quit her career to marry into one of the world’s most patriarchal institutions

Alone service users Peter Smith and Thomas McArdle at the launch of ‘Housing Choices for Older People’, published on Thursday. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Alone report says over 120,000 homes for older people needed between now and 2031

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy,  president, Focus Ireland: ‘Homelessness is solvable. It isn’t a natural disaster. It can be solved with the right priorities.’ Photograph:  Don Moloney

Sr Stan says society invited to see homeless people as ‘other’ and ‘undeserving’

Photograph: Jonathan Hordl

Taoiseach thought it unnecessary to put legal onus on service providers in online safety plan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Áine Lynch from the National Parents Council (centre) with Webwise Youth Advisory Panel members Rachel Murphy (18) and Marco Messori  (18)  help launch the Government’s Action Plan for Online Safety.

Child safety plans set out 25 ‘targets’ around five ‘goals’

Proposed Coolquay halting site: locals say it is “highly unsuitable” due to flooding issues. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coolquay village residents ‘very disappointed’ at decision to facilitate new DAA runway

Coolquay residents Liam O’Grady, Joe Finnegan and Alvean Finnegan at the proposed site in north Co Dublin for the Traveller halting site. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Coolquay locals say site is ‘highly unsuitable’ as it is a flood plain

“HAP  ultimately does little to provide security of tenure or remove the prospect of homelessness in the future”

Report says families describe getting a rapid-build home like ‘winning the Lotto’

The alarm was raised before 4.45pm when the teenager got into difficulty in the water at Burrow Beach, Sutton. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Helicopter and lifeboat crew save boy who got into trouble swimming at Burrow Beach

The project is a collaboration between Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI), the All-Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) at Maynooth University and Dublin City Council, drawing on data from the Residential Tenancies Board, the property price register (PPR), local authorities, the Revenue Commissioners and the Central Statistics Office.

Data brings together sales prices, rents, locations, social housing and private rented levels

File image of construction at Beaumont, Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New interactive resource shows the city’s social and economic divisions in stark detail

Changes introduced by former tánaiste Joan Burton resulted in employed lone parents who had been in receipt of the payment losing 1.9% of income while their non-employed counterparts saw no change

About 99% of recipients of the One Parent Family payment are women

 At the Traveller cross-party Oireachtas group were (from left) Oein de Bhairdiún; Sindy Joyce; Thomas McCann; Jan O’Sullivan TD; and Senator Colette Kelleher. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

New cross-party Oireachtas group to look at improving life for Travellers

Eoghan Murphy,  Minister for Housing, speaking after the ‘housing summit’ . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Families could later apply for council house, Minister for Housing insists

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It was awful ... I was wanting something bad to happen to me so they’d induce me’

The Bogden family from Romania pictured in Focus Ireland’s coffee shop where an evening homless service for families is situated. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Focus Ireland opens Dublin service for those unsure where they will sleep until late at night

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said every part of Government was whole-heartedly behind the new strategy. Photograph: Maxwells

‘No-one in this country should feel isolated, discriminated against or bullied’

Amy Bannon, worker at Lloyds Pharmacy in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, where the staff held an official strike last Friday. Photograph: Garrett White/The Irish Times

Over 200 of the company’s mainly female staff will strike for three hours on Friday

Last year, there were eight abortions due to physical illness, five due to an emergency risk and two to risk from suicide. Photograph: IStock

Number fell markedly compared with the previous three years of the operation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act

Footage of the protest, which prevented Tánaiste Joan Burton and her assistant, Karen O’Connell  from leaving Jobstown for a number of hours, was importance in the subsequent trial, an international report has found. File photograph: Collins Courts

International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations report published in Geneva

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