Rough sleepers set up a row of tents at the Ilac Centre, off Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A day spent between Dublin’s homeless charities shows a system under severe strain

Jess Kenny, homeless liaison nurse at the Mater Hospital,  with service user Jim Cleary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Appointment of Jess Kenny is in response to increasing number of homeless patients

Methadone, also known as Physeptone, is a synthetic liquid opiate prescribed to heroin addicts to help them stop using. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many feel their recovery is being thwarted by narrow approach to managing addiction

Stephanie Yeates and her son and Carter; Catherine Smith; Ismail Olujoog; and Cllr Brian Leech were at risk of being evicted from transitional housing in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy tells Dáil families will not be evicted

The Luas at Connolly station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The event invites people to fill wrapped shoeboxes to be given to homeless people

Stephanie Yeates and her son and Carter; Catherine Smith; Ismail Olujoog; and Cllr Brian Leech. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tenants in Tallaght scheme told they must leave at end of 18-month tenancy

  Caiseal Mara hotel in Moville, Co Donegal, which was s subjected to an arson attack last weekend ahead of the arrival over the coming weeks of  100 asylum seekers. Photograph: North West Newspix

The town is ‘coming around to the idea’ of asylum seekers after last week’s hotel fire

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son Alex  near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon.

Pupils ‘being denied education’ by policy of separating them due to behavioural issues

Lack of investment in mental health services is hitting the poorest households hardest,  report finds. Photograph: iStock

‘The economic recovery has done little to improve mental health here’

A queue forms outside the Capuchin Day Centre for family necessities on Monday morning. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Capuchin Day Centre: ‘We have this every week. People come from all over Dublin’

Lavinia Kerwick at the  launch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre annual report. Photograph:

Rape survivor urges authorities to show bravery in treatment of victims of sex crimes

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said: ‘We welcome the fact that more and more victims of recent sexual violence are coming forward to seek counselling in the immediate aftermath of the trauma.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘A number of clients have reported being raped by people they had met on a dating platform’

The scene at the launch of the National Homeless and Housing Coalition demonstration which will take place from the Garden of Remembrance on December 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Homeless and Housing Coalition call on ‘as many people as possible’ to join

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe: new legislation  was “going to provide increased protections for tenants”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Séamus Woulfe addresses Lawyers Against Homelessness event in Dublin

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council said  up to date data on sexual violence is urgently needed. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Information on the prevalence of sexual violence not available until 2024

“The rental statistics are showing a really, really tight supply...with a little over 1,000 properties to rent in Dublin or 3,000 in the country. It is simply not enough.” Photograph: Getty Images

Private sector ‘will not provide’ necessary number of affordable properties for rent

Damien English and Jim Daly say in future far greater proportion will be in private rented sector

The Cottage Home  child and family service in Shankill sold its Tivoli Road building in Dún Laoghaire and the proceeds have funded the service up to now.

Cottage Home service has worked with more than 100 vulnerable families since opening 7 years ago

Parents Gerry and Celine Cunningham (centre) from Longwood, Co Meath,  with their children Christine and Anthony  who were both born prematurely at the  Coombe. Photograph: Tom Honan

Joyous occasion for 200 who spent first weeks struggling for life in venerable alma mater

‘Family homelessness continued to grow at the same appalling rate after ‘homeless priority’ was removed as it did before,’ Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland has said.

Family homelessness continues to rise in Dublin, new data shows

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son, nine-year-old  Alex near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Barnardos, Inclusion Ireland and Irish Traveller Movement slate State-wide trend

Practice affected “particularly vulnerable children and young people experiencing behavioural difficulties, disabilities or social and emotional challenges”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Placing pupils on reduced timetable without consent considered ‘a form of suspension’

Despite the  assertive engagement of the intake teams and by medics working with the Safetynet charity,  a number of people chose to continue to sleep outdoors during the heaviest snowfalls  in March. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Cold weather strategy includes 203 permanent and 130 ‘temporary contingency’ beds

“Prior to the end of the 1980s we accepted landlordism was a bad thing. It was exploitative, it drove people into poverty, it gave people very poor security, and suddenly we have gone 100%  in the other direction to say that landlordism is a good thing”

‘The social welfare pension system in Ireland is based on the assumption pensioners don’t have rent to pay and don’t have signific(...)

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

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