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

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

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

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

An inquiry found the Leeside Apartments complex in Cork has widespread fire safety deficiencies

Householders in Leeside apartments in Cork say repairs could be done with tenants in situ

Tents housing asylum seekers on the Greek island of Chios. Photograph: Jennifer Hough

State failing commitment to give sanctuary to 4,000 people fleeing war, poverty – report

Edward Rynne, a kitchen worker in Morans Red Cow Moran Hotel, who has a mild intellectual disability and has left full-time care. Photograph: Garrett White

HSE commitment failing, as just over 650 of 2,370 adults moved from group homes

The Citywide Drugs Crisis campaign, which supports the decriminalisation of drugs possession for personal use, wants the public to make submissions to the Department of Health on the issue. Photograph: Getty Images

Group says State resources could be used better helping drug-users and tackling serious drug crime

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

‘I’m on €11 an hour and I haven’t had a raise in five years,’ says one striker

Caranua was established in 2012 to manage €110m pledged by religious congregations to enhance survivors’ lives. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

‘Caranua failed. As a former board member I can state this with the utmost truth and confidence’

Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla, describes child protection as the “hardest shift” in social work and has called for higher pay for Tusla’s social workers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Helping vulnerable families starts with tackling disadvantage in society

Many stay in emergency accommodation until they can secure a local authority home

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Damning health watchdog report calls for urgent action at child protection agency

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride says the organisation does not provide a consistent service to vulnerable children. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Fred McBride says a repeat of Sgt Maurice McCabe errors ‘highly unlikely’

Darren Martin, father of young woman (April), who took her own life last year in Cherry Orchard.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Women in some of the poorest parts of Dublin are taking their lives in the same numbers as men for the first time

Thomas Ward, Anna Ward, Demelia Ward and Declan Ward Jnr at St Mary’s Halting Site, Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fourteen families face rodent problems and issues with water and electricity

Members of the Connors family Ann,  Michael, son Tommy (11) and daughters Alicia (6) and Chelsea (16) look on as the site is cleared by council staff and contractors. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ann and Michael Connors say they were alerted while in a mediation meeting

The ombudsman received 1,755 complaints last year, up 4 per cent on 2016 and 7 per cent since 2015. Above, Dr Niall Muldoon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reports highlights problems with suicide prevention, direct provision, Tusla and HSE

In band 1, covering the four Dublin local authorities as well as Cork City, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, the maximum annual net income thresholds are €35,000 for a single person and €42,000 for a family with children.

Homeless families in Dublin willing to move county are missing out on properties

Disability Federation of Ireland warns of human rights violations over PA shortage

Almost half of renters feel insecure in their tenancy, according to Threshold survey

Gardaí were called to the home on the night of the alleged incident. File photograph: Getty Images

Rape and assault claims in northeast care facility trigger three seperate investigations

Carol McNulty packing up at her rented home in Dublin, as she is facing homelessness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Dublin woman and her daughter face homelessness for second time in two years

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive report shows 1,878 families needed emergency accommodation for the first time in 2016 and 2017. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Report highlights services’ reliance on private-rented sector and HHAP to house people

A demonstartion for the unrestricted right to work for asylum seekers outside the Dáil earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Waiting times have increased to an average of 18 to 20 months compared with about 11 weeks in 2015

The report examines ten “lengthy and complex” cases which “illustrate the difficulties in reconciling” the system of law with the child protection process. Photograph: iStock

Lack of co-operation between gardaí and social workers and inadequate supports for many district courts are contributing factors

Emma O’Brien at Spanish Point beach near her home in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Single parents hopeful shift in opinion evidenced by Yes vote will bring positive change

Ann Crowe: ‘I said to the nun, ‘Where’s my baby?’ And she didn’t answer me.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘I screamed and roared at his disappearance, and a nun slapped me right across the face’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone holds a press conference on false birth registrations, at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Agency says it does not have the ‘remit’ for such an audit amid birth registration scandal

A homeless man sleeps on Custom House Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Housing figure down 1% from March to April, but up 20% on April 2017

The number of teenagers giving birth fell slightly between 2016 and 2017, from 1,098 to 1,041. Photograph: Eric Luke

Of 1,041 teens who gave birth in Ireland last year, 923 were first-time mothers

In the early hours of Sunday morning, people stopped and hugged, lit candles or left notes at the mural depicting Savita Halappanavar at Portobello. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The 2012 tragedy unified Irish women and feminist groups behind change on abortion

Anne Conway: “So many young people thanked me for telling my story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anne Conway (69), who had abortion in UK in 1970, ‘vindicated’ by referendum result

A woman writes a note on the Savita Halappanavar mural in Dublin. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Mural has become a focal point of remembrance of Ms Halappanavar

In a video Mr Yalagi said no family should have to endure the pain and suffering they had has since Ms Halappanavar died

Father asks for legislation to be named ‘Savita’s law’ after thanking Irish people

“I sit in clinics daily listening to the extraordinarily difficult lives of women who are trying to cope with the most challenging of human endeavours – trying to be a good parent.”

37 deaths by suspected suicide in Dublin South-Central in 2017; 50% were women

Cliona Johnston at her home in Loughlinstown, Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cliona Johnson’s son John Paul lived for 17 minutes after being born with anencephaly

‘I hope the people of Ireland will remember the fate of our daughter on the day of the referendum’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he said any recategorisation only happened with the “agreement of the local authorities”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin housing spokesman tells Minister definition of homelessness ‘crystal clear’

The International Transport Federation has called on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to suspend a scheme allowing non-EEA fishermen to crew Irish boats. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Permit scheme called into question amid reports of €2.40 an hour wages and 20-hour working days

Anne Conway, at home in Donnycarney, Dublin, had an abortion in  1970. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Through the 1970s some 15,259 women gave Irish addresses at British abortion clinics

The latest homeless data showed a reduction from 9,807 in February, to 9,681 in March

Council the fourth local authority to confirm it recategorised some people on list

RTÉ has confirmed it received a number of complaints about the Claire Byrne Live Referendum Special which was broadcast on Monday night. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Broadcaster insists programme was balanced but says viewer complaints received

 Cllr Michael O’Brien with Laura Penrose during a Yes canvass in Donaghmede. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘I know people get pregnant by rape, but there’s a lot of counselling out there for that’

A total of 578 people were removed from the March homeless statistics. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kildare, Meath and Wicklow authorities urged to recategorise some people on list

Pictured at the launch of the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards 2018  were Jenny Fisher, National Lottery, Jerry Kennelly, chairman of the judging panel and Vincent Crowley, NewsBrands Ireland. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell

Newsbrands 2018 awards will include a new category for ‘campaign of the year’

“Jack was sent to a relative for the night and Kim later joined him. It appears that during the night, while he was in bed with Kim, Jack died. The postmortem indicated he had died as a result of sudden infant death syndrome.” File photograph: Getty Images

Case is among six reports into deaths of children in care or known to Tusla

The number of adults classified as homeless fell from 6,052 in February to 6,035 in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy set for appearance before Oireachtas group after testy Dáil exchanges

The view of the new Maldron hotel from Rita Kane’s bedroom window in Cathedral View Court off Kevin Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Concerns over Kevin Street Maldron hotel were ‘ignored and ridiculed’, say locals

Many women’s birth plans say: “I don’t want any unnecessary interventions”, said Dr Aoife Mullally, questioning why any doctor or midwife, trained to care for women and babies, would ever make an unnecessary intervention. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Aoife Mullally says increasing number of women have unrealistic expectations about ‘perfect births’

Vicky Phelan:  when the story broke she had settled her High Court action against the American laboratory which misread her abnormal 2011 smear test, the “person who knew most about CervicalCheck wasn’t in the country” – ie the programme’s former clinical director, Dr Gráinne Flannelly.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Paul Connors says that CervicalCheck’s reputation will be difficult to rebuild

Well Woman Centre, Irish Family Planning Association and GPs ‘inundated with calls’

Albert Dolan (squash) with Philippa Ryder (cycling), Reg Curtis (badminton) and Roland Hempel (swimming), reflected in his glasses, announcing details of Team Ireland’s  participation in Gay Games 2018 in  Paris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Games open to all and are a ‘hymn to love’ and social diversity

The State owns or controls enough land to build more than three times as many council homes as planned by Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than half the social housing waiting list could be cleared, new figures show

There are just seven ‘changing places’ in Ireland, only one of which is outside Dublin. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Campaigner urge wider use of ‘changing places’ for those with mobility problems

Claire Malone (30) told ‘The Irish Times’ that when she found out she was pregnant last summer, she feared for her life as she has pulmonary hypertension. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Claire Malone feared her pregnancy could kill her

Claire Malone believes the legal restrictions on abortion put her life at risk. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Woman with one lung and congenital cardiac condition unable to obtain termination

 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

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