Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy last week said 1,014 social houses had been built in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Government strategy fails to deliver on social housing promise so far

Seán Phillips, father of Siobhán Phillips, and his wife, Norma Phillips. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Seán Phillips calls for his family’s full participation in Mackin’s postponed inquest

In 2005, at just 8 years old, Rachel Barry was sent to a foster home in Dunmore, Co Galway for monthly respite care. During her time there she was repeatedly raped by Keith Burke, the teenage biological son of the family. Photograph: RTÉ

Call for investigation as teenager son of foster parents is jailed for sexual assaults

Protesters at the mural at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charities Regulator deems Maser mural on Project Arts Centre a ‘political activity’

The halting site in Carrickmines, Co Dublin, where 10 people died in a fire in 2015. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Grandparent of two children who were orphaned by the fire is suing county council

Members of Corduff Foróige club with their mural in the community garden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The event rewards young people who act to address the needs of their communities

A mural featuring a red heart on a blue background, with “Repeal the 8th” written across it, outside the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Project says Charities Regulator took view that mural is political activity that breaches Act

Charities have welcomed a decrease in the amount of people sleeping on the streets. Photograph: The Irish Times

Charities attribute 40% decrease in people sleeping on streets to emergency bed supply

From left: Authors of the report Alicja Bobek and Sinéad Pembroke with Senator Alice Mary Higgins, centre, at the launch of ‘Living With Uncertainty: The Social Implications of Precious Work’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Many worry about the cost of visiting a GP and paying for antibiotics – new report

From left: Iyasu GerberMichael , Elena Leinik, Lyuba Moore and Nadia Altameemi at the Clondalkin Intercultural Centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Manager of Tallaght centre says ‘poor now have to compete with the poor for scraps’

An Garda Síochána has confirmed it is investigating the ‘sudden death of an infant in Birr, Co Offaly’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating following the discovery of child’s remains in a vehicle

From left, Noel  Adabblah, Joshua  Baafi, James Effirim and John Ninson have been taken into the care of the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four men each paid €1,187 to an agent to get them placed in fishing jobs in the UK

Antoinette Keegan, who lost two sisters in  the tragedy, Lynn Boylan MEP and solicitor Darragh Mackin with Stardust families and supporters, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Relatives of the 48 young people who died in 1981 fire say AG notified of plan to apply for fresh inquest

Alex O’Herlihy who has cystic fibrosis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has the highest per capita rate of CF in the world due to particular gene pool

Savita Halappanavar

Andanappa Yalagi happy for pro-choice campaigners to use daughter’s image

Adeel Bashir and Anita Doktere with  children  Javieria and Saire. The family  lost their possessions in the Metro Hotel fire in Ballymun. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tenants put up in local hotels are told ‘accommodation supports’ end on April 4th

Protest rallies were carried out across Ireland on Thursday after the #IBelieveHer hashtag trended on Twitter in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial. Photgraph: Pacemaker Press

Sexual violence is exceptional in effect yet it is endemic in Ireland

‘The majority of people being made homeless are coming predominantly from the private sector,’ Fr McVerry said

Opposition says Murphy’s position is ‘untenable’, claims Government making crisis worse

 Sr Stanislaus Kennedy said she was ‘deeply concerned’ at the Government’s continued emphasis on family hubs as a means to address the crisis for families.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Housing campaigners say Government has no sense of urgency to tackle crisis

The IHREC’s chief commissioner, Emily Logan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Study finds a more positive attitude to immigrants during ‘boom’ times

Fred McBride said agency now gets 53,000 referrals a year

Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, is to chair the review into a complex childcare case. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says three experts to carry out review

Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy said the new figures seemed to ‘indicate a very worrying trend’.

Increase in homeless children up by almost 500 between January and February

Older people who have experienced housing difficulties in recent months Christopher Jackson (67),Titi-Rose Thompson (67), Noel Murphy (71) at the Alone campaign launch outside the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charity says monthly rent in private sector is now outstripping contributory State pension

Just over 100 children waiting for a psychology appointment were aged four or younger. File photograph: Getty Images

State and HSE ‘have duty to do better by these children’, says FF mental health spokesman

Larkfield House in Clondalkin where planning permission for 27 apartments was granted but up to 48 were built. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Planning board refuses approval for Clondalkin apartment block built and occupied

John, Bridget and Mary Stokes at  St Mary Cemetery in Carrick on Suir:  “The onus is on the council to get their records straight.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Tipperary man wants to rebury his late father beside grave of his mother and sister

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Laura Brennan from Co Clare, who has terminal cervical cancer, at the launch of the latest phase of the HSE’s HPV Vaccine Information Campaign. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister alerts public ‘to significant misinformation out there in relation to vaccine’

‘We spend €700 million on high tech drugs. We spend €1.4 billion on all other pharmaceutical products. It’s astronomical’

GP organisation calls for ban on radio and TV advertising by private hospitals, pharmas

Fingal and Meath county councils provided 210 and 88 loans respectively in the 17-year period, while Cork and Louth county councils provided just two and one respectively.

Councils cited a high level of arrears and a lack of demand for the scheme

Larkfield House, Dublin. Housing assistance has been suspended to tenants as the council awaits a decision from An Bord Pleanála as to whether the building complies with planning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Housing support payments to tenants at Dublin block have been suspended amid row

The most recent poll conducted for this newspaper, in January, found a “clear majority of voters” (56 per cent) backing repeal of the Eighth Amendment.  Photograph:  Mark Stedman

The proposed limit on abortion would bring Ireland into line with most of Europe

Cousins, from left,  Ann Doran (3) from Carlow and  Maryann Connors (4) from Dundrum during the Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration  at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

First anniversary celebrations of Traveller ethnicity at Royal Hospital Kilmainham

“We know the parent-child relationship is the biggest factor in facilitating positive emotional development in children,” says Fergus Finlay of Barnardos. Photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty

Responses from parents in Barnardos report focussed on difficulties spending enough time with children

An inspection at the Drombanna centre in Co Limerick, in November 2017, found conditions were “not satisfactory”. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Hiqa says five staying at facility in Limerick ‘did not live compatibly with each other’

Minister of State with Responsibilities for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the convention offers “an opportunity to reassess our attitudes to people with disabilities, and to place a renewed focus on their place in society”. Photograph: Collins

Disabled People of Ireland say convention is ‘toothless’ without option to complain to UN

The  people  who engaged with homeless services for the first time during  the snow storm included people sleeping in cars, squats and, in one case, in their place of work

Peter McVerry Trust provided 121 extreme weather beds at a sports hall in Dublin

Vitali Skirpanovs: “I had €3,000 in my wallet, I got hit with a bar in the back of my head. I woke up in a pool of blood. I lost my cash.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Destitute plumber on road to recovery after finding sanctuary with Peter McVerry Trust

The literature being handed out by pro-repeal campaigners while canvassing in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Activists given mixed response in one of State’s most liberal and wealthy constituencies

Damien English said he wanted to make ‘whatever changes are necessary’ to accelerate delivery of Traveller accommodation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Only 68% of Traveller accommodation promised has been provided

New plans aimed at helping people with disabilities ‘obtain and retain employment’

Finian McGrath: “The convention offers us an opportunity to reassess our attitudes to people with disabilities, and to place a renewed focus on their place in society”

Finian McGrath says he insisted on ratification being priority for the Government

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Freedom to cross Border to attend school, one concern in children’s report on Brexit

A man  camped out in the snow on O’Connell Street, Dublin on Friday during Storm Emma. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Mental Health Act allows for persons to be involuntarily admitted in their ‘best interests’

A homeless person braving the adverse weather conditions on Henry St in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charity worried about people in tents who are now surrounded by large amounts of snow

A safety net nurse checks on someone in a tent on Thursday.

A number were taken into care under the Mental Health Act amid severe weather

A member of the homeless community is seen  on Henry St in Dublin’s City Centre on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Offers of beds were declined by people in Dublin city and wider Dublin areas

 Leonard O’Shea from Crumlin at the emergency facility in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ensuring people have somewhere to go after the bad weather will be a ‘challenge’

Several people sleeping rough were brought to emergency beds

Croke Park area residents protesting earlier plans to hold additional concerts in the venue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 150 residents from north Dublin area attend meeting over concert plan

Harassment orders: sex offenders can be banned from contacting victims for a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Harassment orders designed to bring peace of mind, says Flanagan

Mary Lynch on the road outside her home at Elm Mount Rise, Beaumont, with Joanne Lyons, Mary O’Farrell, Paul Goodson, Ben Mac Lochlainn and Herbie Farrell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Homeowners say they should not have to repair damaged pipes outside their property

Investigators at the scene of a shooting in Moatview Gardens, Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gardaí seek witnesses after victim taken to hospital following attack in Coolock at 8.15pm

One of the main reasons so few of 2,096 homes offered by banks for social housing have become homes to those on housing waiting lists is the length of time the process takes

Bank also has 1,200 properties surrendered by mortgage holders under incentive scheme

A copy of the Amnesty International Report 2017/18. Photograph: Reuters

Human rights group says ‘hate-filled rhetoric’ having ‘terrifying consequences’ globally

Pharmacy regulator says women must be warned of risks of taking valproate

Photograph: Getty

‘Vulture funds are looking for short-term returns, not long term investment’, says homeless charity

Actor and film-maker John Connors: “A BBC presenter should be trying to bring people together, trying to mediate.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor says he was ‘disgusted’ by presenter Stephen Nolan’s ‘mockery’ of Irish language

Earlier this month two new members of the Caranua board resigned citing its “mistreatment” of survivors. Thomas Cronin and Dr Mary Lodato were appointed to the board by Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Collins

Two members of Caranua board resign alleging ‘mistreatment’ of survivors

Following the resignation of two of its board members, a spokeswoman for Caranua said appointments to its board were a matter  for the Minister for Education.

Agency providing services to survivors of religious institutional abuse should be closed

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Analysis acknowledges bullish growth but stinging criticism across key indicators

Vanessa Barrett (L) with her sons MJ and Patrick, and her sister-in-law Samantha Barrett with her daughters Kaitlyn, Makenzie, Sinita and Noriah. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway families living on waste ground without electricity, running water or toilets

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: A spokeswoman said the Minister had committed to meet the Time4Us board and local TDs to “re-examine the situation in Galway”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Future of Time4Us, which provides play and cooking facilities, in doubt due to regulatory requirements

Some of the attendees at the LoveBoth Project’s ‘Lives Saved’ event at Eyre Square in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

LoveBoth’s Katie Ascough makes the claim as the group begins anti-abortion roadshow

 The Christian Brothers propose to sell 7.5 acres of fields, used by Clonkeen College in Deansgrange for sports, for a reported €18 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Row between Christian Brothers and south Dublin school referred to Attorney General

Charlemont Street Regeneration Project: 79 social housing units were constructed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Reclassifying voluntary housing associations as statutory bodies to hit State balance sheet

Part of the demonstration for the unrestricted right to work for asylum seekers outside the Dáil .Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Protest outside Dáil calls for unrestricted right to work for asylum seekers

More than 2,000 repossessed homes have been offered by banks to the Housing Agency for social housing under a new scheme. File photograph: iStock

Banks had offered 2,000 such properties to the Housing Agency under a new scheme

Waiting for Revenue recognition: Seamus White and John O’Sullivan’s tax certificates still record them as civil partners. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three years after Irish recognised same-sex marriage, tax agency’s computers do not

A Google Maps image showing Ryders Row, off Parnell St on the northside of Dublin city, where the man’s body was found.

Body of a man in his 50s found in a sleeping bag off Parnell Street on Friday morning

Housing Agency chairman Conor Skehan after his appearance before the Oireachtas housing committee on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

TDs tell agency chairman claims ‘objectionable’ and ‘exceptionally offensive’

Parents, staff  and student representatives of Clonkeen College, Deansgrange, held a press conference on Wednesday to protest plans by the school patron to sell off  playing fields for development. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Clonkeen College staff and students accuse trust of ‘failing to meet its duty’ in playing fields dispute

Landlord Paul Howard. Tenants say he and others broke down their front door at 10am on Sunday and put them out dressed in nightclothes and without shoes. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Landlord is also accused of breaking a court injunction during Mountjoy Square incident

The ESRI has found that one-third of lone-parent families and one-quarter of families headed by a person with a disability were ‘persistently deprived’ during the years 2004 to 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ESRI says Irish rates of deprivation are 10% higher than in comparable countries

Finian McGrath first promised the convention would be ratified ‘within six months’, in May 2016, but has faced legal advice and obstacles.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities to be ratified by early 2019

The project publishes regular reports from the courts making orders under the Child Care Act. Photograph: iStock

Child Care Law Report Project highlights difficulties in dealing with alleged sex abuse

Paul Howard:   he and his partner Una McClean own at least five properties in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. Photograph:  Padraig O’Reilly

Paul Howard ordered to pay former tenants for withholding deposits and ending tenancies

Photograph: iStock

Successful outcome for teen with ‘psychosis’, and no aftercare plan for 18-year-old girl

A teenage boy who is ‘too dangerous’ for care in Ireland remains without a secure placement, according to a report published on Monday. File photograph: Getty Images/Vetta

The teenager is one of 16 cases in latest work from the Child Care Law Reporting Project

Clonkeen College in Deansgrange, south Dublin:  The Edmund Rice Schools Trust, which manages 100 Christian Brothers schools across the State,  has moved to dissolve the board of management, but need the approval of Minister for Education Richard Bruton

Board of Clonkeen College facing dissolution in dispute over €18m sale of playing fields

The door to an apartment on Dublin’s Mountjoy Square, which was allegedly damaged after landlord Paul Howard allegedly smashed his way in on Sunday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tenants allege they were assaulted as a group of men removed them from an apartment

Amy Butler with her son Alex in the bathroom which is showing dampness. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mother-of-three living in damp house with son who has severe respiratory problems

 Betty Purcell: was not reappointed to IHREC and has complained  to the Public Appointments Service (PAS) about the interview process. Photograph: David Sleator

Former RTÉ producer says she has been ‘pushed out’ of equality commission

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said  it was  necessary to “work with the CSO to agree a definition of ‘vacant dwelling’.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Local authorities found average actual vacancy rate about 3% of that indicated by CSO

Irish Centre for Social Gerontology  at NUI Galway findings suggest raising the State pension age is beneficial for the healthy with rewarding jobs, but “punitive” for those in ill-health or in physically demanding jobs.

NUIG team find people want choice about working beyond State retirement age of 66

Down Syndrome Ireland called for  an end to “exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome to promote campaign views”.

‘People with Down syndrome listen to the news and read media articles, including social media content’

Government policy appeared to be to bring in “solutions” that were “the most profitable” for the private sector, including “highly profitable” student accommodation and “shared living” developments, said Lorcan Sirr, a  DIT lecturer in housing policy. File photograph: Getty Images

Policy appears to be ‘solutions’ that are most profitable for private sector, conference told

The decrease in family homelessness last month was ‘seasonal’ and will likely be reversed next month, homelessness charities have warned. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Simon Communities says figures fell as people stayed with family over Christmas

About 300 older people protested outside Leinster House on Thursday over the effects of changes to how pension contributions were calculated in 2012. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire.

Changes in 2012 ‘discriminating against’ 40,000 who took time out of workforce

 Emily Logan said the poverty experienced by more than half the 5,000 Roma living in the State was ‘relentless’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Emily Logan says half the 5,000 Roma living in the State ‘struggle to survive day to day’

  Rado Rostas and his niece Liza at home in north inner city Dublin, where eight people share two beds and the heating does not work: “Roma In Ireland: A National Needs Assessment” examines the Roma experience in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some Roma children kept out of school over ‘constant fear’ they will be taken into care

Joan McLoughlin from Naas, Co Kildare, worked in the then Department of Local Government (now Housing) from 1964 until 1972. She left due to the marriage bar and is “fuming” over her pension entitlement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘It is totally wrong and unfair. I raised three kids, did a good job and this is the thanks I get’

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon: Foster mother brought initial complaint to him after she had fought in vain to advocate for the services that Molly needed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report finds actions of HSE and Tusla had ‘negative effect’ on teenager with Down syndrome

According to the investigation report, both Tusla and the HSE accept the recommendations and will engage with their respective Government departments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cases of 500 children with disabilities in care being reviewed by Ombudsman

Tomas Synacek and Lucie Venglovska at their accomodation on South Circular Road, Dublin. “Apollo House was a new start for us,” says  Tomas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Czech couple now have hope for the future and jobs including a space-technology internship

Residents of Georgian Court direct provision centre protest over the accommodation’s planned closure, outside the Department of Justice

Other centres for asylum seekers in the capital are nearly or totally full

Families and children from Dolphin House protest at the loss of a site  off the South Circular Road.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Builders are coming in over the bit of green we have left. It’s not safe to let the children out’

Since 1978, more than 6 million babies have been born through IVF across the world and over 2 per cent of European births are now through IVF. Photograph: iStock

Expert predicts number of women freezing their eggs to have babies later in life will rise

Charities regulator John Farrell. He says “charity” has become important much-needed work done by ordinary people.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Farrelly says much of narrative about charities is ‘unfair’, and they operate ‘in the gaps’

Alvin Silangan, who lost most of a finger and broke another while working on a trawler on December 15th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Health and Safety Authority is examining trawler incident that left man with severed finger

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