Human Rights Commissioner Emily Logan accused the Government of ‘normalising’ homeless. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Emily Logan describes housing assistance payment as ‘not fit for purpose’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: to receive petition from Lifeline Inishowen in Co Donegal seeking funds.  The Carndonagh-based service, for women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, is the only one in the Inishowen peninsula.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lifeline Inishowen to hand 1,000-signature petition to Dáil in search for urgent funding

Since January 2016 “housing assistance” has been a ground on which it is explicitly illegal to discriminate in the letting of housing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission also notes unfairness to asylum seekers

Tenants facing mass eviction from their bedsits at 32 and 34 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Remaining renters say people who already left homes did so on foot of invalid notices

Brussels event hears Ireland must have “good story” on domestic   climate policy  if it is to be respected in developing states.   Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Report found 94% of migrants in Brussels slept rough, and 73% did not get enough to eat every day

 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker: “Europe cannot and must not be a fortress with its back to the world.”

Stefano Manservisi highlights ‘mismatch’ between precarious work and welfare states

Michelle O’Brien pictured with her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Number of homeless families in midlands reached 45 towards end of April

‘We are clear here: we are not moving’: Ramon Cernuda of Rosedale Terrace, off Clanbrassil Street. Photograph: Tom Honan

Tenants in Dublin 6 and 8 are resisting eviction attempts under two linked firms

Mike Allen, head of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said 20 to 25 families a week in Dublin were becoming homeless for  reasons including that the landlord was selling or  the property was being repossessed. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Focus Ireland study finds families in private rented accommodation ‘bear brunt of crisis’

Polio survivor Josephine O’Reilly at home in Glenageary, Co Dublin with her husband Thomas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Charity cut off support in 2015, although 60% of survivors may develop post-polio syndrome

Kilkenny councillors on Friday voted to exclude members of the public and the press from SPC meetings, which formulate policy. Photograph: iStock

National Union of Journalists calls for national approach to ensure transparency

Sylva Tukula, the transgender woman living in direct provision who died last August.

Charlie Flanagan says he deeply regrets friends of Sylva Tukula were not notified

The ESRI says if a tax of €30 per tonne of carbon was introduced households would spend about an additional €3 per week on energy. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Redistribution of tax revenue to poorer homes ‘would reduce income inequality’

 A washing machine pitched at St Mary’s Halting Site in Finglas. Photograph: Tom Honan

Council of Europe body criticises Garda and local authorities for inaction on hate speech

Rubbish at the back of one of the badly damaged and boarded-up houses in Fána Glass at Ballybane in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Drone footage highlights damage to houses and rubbish problem in Ballybane estate

The report’s findings presented a picture of poverty and social exclusion for hundreds of Traveller adults and children across Galway city and county

Lack of urgency to redress substandard conditions ‘unacceptable’, Traveller group says

Maddix and his mother, Nadine Staunton, who is struggling to find a new school for her son. Photograph: James Forde

‘I am frightened for my son,’ says one mother ahead of a protest in Dublin on Saturday

Nicola Cox and her husband, Ross Coghlan, with a photo of baby Luke who died soon after birth at Holles Street maternity hospital in 2016. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Nicola Cox: ‘It does feel like the mother’s voice gets very little weight attached to it’

Westmeath senior footballer Boidu Sayeh:  ‘I think by being seen playing the game and talking to people after who might not have been a fan of a black person on the team, you can change minds.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When Boidu Sayeh arrived in Moate at age eight, playing Gaelic football came naturally

Minister for Sport Shane Ross: “We want to see every citizen engaging regularly in some form of sport and physical activity, irrespective of their age, economic or social circumstances, their ethnic background or their physical capabilities.”Photograph: Getty Images

Irish-born adults more than twice as likely to be member of sports club as adults born outside State

Azzam Raguragui’s father, Abderrahmane, addresses a large crowd who gathered in Clonskeagh mosque on Sunday evening for his son’s memorial service. Photograph:   Dave Meehan

Hundreds attend memorial service for Leaving Cert student (18) stabbed in Dublin

When our political parties are asked about child poverty much is revealed in their answers

In advance of next week’s local and European elections, we look at parties’ child poverty initiatives

Abderrahmane Raguaragu at his son’s funeral at the Muslim Cemetary in Newcastle, south county Dublin. Photograph:James Forde

Azzam Raguragui (18) was stabbed at Finsbury Park in Dundrum last Friday

Moninne Griffith of BeLonG To: ‘We still regularly have young people arrive on our doorstep, having been asked to leave the family home because they have come out.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Despite recent progress, discrimination is still widespread, says campaigner

 Abuse survivor Jessica Bowes remains concerned about survivors being contacted by former partners. Jonathan McSherry, served 22 months in prison for an attack on her in 2015.

Bill proposes provision to seek no-contact orders from the courts

The most recent rent survey which shows rents have reached all-time high, averaging €1,366 per month nationally and more than €2,000 a month in Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing wants apartments built in other cities ‘to take the pressure off Dublin’

Inclusion Ireland says reduced timetables are being imposed disproportionately on children with special needs as a means of ‘behavioural management’. Photograph: iStock

Oireachtas committee to hear from Traveller and special needs groups of ‘growing crisis’

Jamie Mangan, who grew up in Dublin 1 and now is a youth worker in the area. Photograph: Dave Meehan

North inner-city Dublin projects ‘beacons of hope’ for families in disadvantaged area

  Pat Dennigan of Focus Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at the John’s Lane West  development of 31 mixed units. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister outlines progress in last three years at opening of 31 Focus Ireland units in Dublin

Katherine Zappone and Tanya Ward with, from left, Mary Lou McDonald, Brendan Howlin, Dara Calleary, Regina Doherty, Eamon Ryan, Róisín Shortall and Richard Boyd Barrett. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s Rights Alliance event hears that 107,000 children are living in deep poverty

Chairman of the Mental Health Commission John Saunders. A report by the commission on five centres in counties Clare, Sligo, Tipperary, Cork and Dublin says eight incidents of “critical risk” to patient welfare were detected in addition to 27 “high risk” failings. FIle photograph: Alan Betson

Units in Cork hospital non-compliant on all conditions of registration for third year in a row

Third class students at Our lady of Lourdes National School in Inchicore, Dublin enjoying their hot lunches. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Some picked out the vegetables, saying they had only ever seen them in pictures’

‘I have been looking for somewhere else but it is not easy.’ Joelle Tungu, with her daughter Keisha, (5), who are facing eviction. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Landlord seeking to refurbish Emmet Manor in Inchicore to relet at higher rents

World Press Freedom Day: “Lyra ... was fearless, as the women of Derry are fearless, and they will not be intimidated by sinister threats daubed on signposts in the dark of night.” Photograph: PA

Vulnerability of journalists and journalism highlighted at World Press Freedom event

Mental Health Commission finds 26 areas of ‘high risk non-compliance’ in inspected centres

Neither Tusla nor the Children At Risk in Ireland (CARI) organisation could provide figures for how many children have been referred for inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child welfare consultant Kieran McGrath warns issue ‘cannot be ignored’

The highest increase in child homelessness was in the west, where there were 201 in February and 218 last month. File image:  Reuters/David Ryder

Children accounted for all but four of the 41 additional people who became homeless since February

Minister of State  for Trade and Employment Pat Breen and chief executive of the Health Service Authority Dr Sharon McGuinness at the unveiling of a Workers Memorial Day plaque at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Chris Bellew

Workers’ Memorial Day notes ideas, energy and drive of women in building industry

The funeral of Brigid Ward (11), who died following collision with a car, took place at Ahascragh, Co Galway. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brigid Ward was hit by a car near Ballinasloe, Co Galway on Easter Sunday

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

British government ‘must respond’ to breaches of Northern Irish women’s rights

Brenda O’Connell-Barry and Mary Kennedy at the launch of this year’s Carer of the Year Awards. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Carer says she has to fundraise to pay for physiotherapy of son with rare genetic condition

Child poverty in Belfast: the New Lodge area of the city. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

No Child 2020: How two of the most deprived parts of Ireland compare

Gendered toilets and PE and the misuse of pronouns are among issues raised by transgender activists. Photograph: iStock

Gendered nature of schools can cause stress for trans pupils, says youth group

The Respond! family hub at the Gleann na hEorna apartment complex on Cookstown Way in Tallaght opened in 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ombudsman reports children as young as five years of age attempting to flee hubs

A new OCO report details that children as young as five have made repeated attempts to run away from family hubs. Photograph:© Catherine MacBride 2013

New accounts are almost identical to those heard from children in direct provision

Sinead Browne at her home in Dundalk where her son took his own life last month. Photograph: James Forde.

Ian Browne (25) was sent home from Drogheda hospital twice before his death

A total of 1,500 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2017 – a 32 per cent rise from the 1,138 who sought help the previous year. Six years earlier, in 2011, the number was 770.

Problem cocaine use grows with improving economy, Health Research Board finds

Focus Ireland works with 119 young care leavers across Dublin. A total of 14 of them are homeless and 22 are at risk of homelessness. Photograph: iStock

Focus Ireland says many vulnerable young care leavers are in insecure accommodation

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin: he hosted the seminar on affordable housing

Call for significant investment in Ireland’s stock of publicly-owned housing

One in five children are in households living below the poverty line. Photograph:  iStock

Thousands of working households are struggling to stay out of poverty, report finds

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

Single parents’ support group expresses scepticism over Minister’s promise

‘I am already totally stretched financially. Where am I going to find an extra €400 a month? I’ll have to give up work,’ says one single mother. Photograph: iStock

Changes to subsidised childcare programmes will see some parents lose up to €80 a week

Samaritans’ busiest time of day is from 6pm until midnight, with its busiest hour  from 8pm. Photograph: iStock

Majority of calls to charity relate to mental health, isolation and family issues

Photograph:  Thinkstock

Social Justice Ireland says economic benefits ‘distributed in grossly unequal fashion’

Leinster Rugby: ‘Thank you to the vast majority of the 51,700 who sang, roared, cheered and urged both teams on in what was a hugely special day for Irish rugby’

Leinster Rugby urges people not to focus on ‘isolated’ incident in statement

A national census of the population is conducted every five years.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Question asking whether someone is heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual is being tested in quarterly household survey

Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign has called for the decriminalisation of drug use. Photograph: PA

By treating drug addiction as a health issue, crime would be reduced, say supporters

Independent midwife Philomena Canning is pictured outside the Four Court in Dublin with a group of supporters.

Promoter of home births had a long running legal dispute with the HSE

In February 2018, the European Medicines Agency recommended that sodium valproate not be used during pregnancy. Photograph: Getty Images

Women want to know why they were not warned of the risks of taking an anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant

Barnardos said that children who don’t get the correct services in time are far more likely to ‘engage in risky behaviour’. File photograph: Getty Images

‘My hope is to shift the public and then the political discourse,’ says charity’s chief

Sonia Kolasinska who has reached a settlement with the owners of Madigan’s bar in O’Connell Street after she was refused service there last summer. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sonia Kolasinska was told to leave Madigan’s bar on O’Connell Street

Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly: ‘We will continue to lobby to ensure that vulnerable children receive the services they need.’

Changes, redundancies necessary due to gaps in State funding – chief executive

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said Irish politicians and media  ignored Islamophobic rhetoric  when espoused by online activists, and this was “hugely problematic”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Community in Ireland fearful after New Zealand massacre because Islamophobia ‘ignored’

A homeless hub

Facilities planned for families and older people as issue to grow for at least three years

In Galway city all family law cases were held on the same day with criminal cases in other courts in the courthouse.

New CCLRP review finds lack of privacy and unsuitable conditions for family law cases

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was an ‘epidemic of violence against women’ which ‘needs to stop’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government holds special Cabinet meeting on gender equality, ratification of Istanbul Convention

The convention, which includes 72 actions, obliges signatory states to ‘protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.  Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid says move is ‘major milestone in tackling domestic, sexual and gender based violence’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said any “confusion” over whether the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme was still operating had been “caused by people asking questions” who already knew the answers and wanted to cause confusion. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Memo instructing Department of Housing not to take more applications under scheme was never seen by Eoghan Murphy

Jacqui Dwyer (left) and Louise Smyth at the community communion pop-up shop at Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre’s first pop-up Communion-wear shop is big success

Brendan Fairbrother in his home in Crumlin, Dublin. The house is uninsulated, the walls and ceilings are scarred with mould and the floors are damp. Photograph: James Forde

Elderly pair, who have chronic illnesses, also turned down for insulation and housing grants

Simon Harris: ‘One of the key recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was to improve access to contraception.’

Minister keen that working group reviews the obstacles to people using birth control

Morgan D’Arcy (17) in Crumlin children’s hospital.

Morgan D'Arcy has been an inpatient at Crumlin children's hospital for five years

Erin Gallagher (8), whose aunt is Philomena Canning, pictured at protest outside the Dáil this week in support of the midwife. Photograph: Tom Honan

Terminally ill midwife sought speedy settlement against HSE to buy anti-cancer drug

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

Spend on housing payment schemes ‘going directly to the private market’ to hit €423m

Minister for Housing  Damien English  and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly at the launch of Housing Options for our Ageing Population. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

English says within five years half of all new apartments and one third of new housing will have to be suitable for older people

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the figures as very disappointing. Photograph: iStock

Total number of people listed as homeless across the State is now just under 10,000

Children pictured  at the halting site on the Balgaddy Road, Clondalkin in January. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Campaigners say move is in breach of agreement to postpone Balgaddy eviction plans

Residents of Millwood Court, and their supporters, protest outside Dublin City Council offices on Wood Quay.  Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

Refurbishment of draughty and mouldy flats cancelled after councillors’ vote


No Child 2020: In the world’s ‘most food-secure’ country, 140,000 children have inadequate diets

Cousins Connie and Rico Delaney at the Carrowbrowne temporary halting site beside the Headford Road in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shughnessy

‘We don’t want to live like this, but we have nowhere else to go.’

Bernard Sweeney (left), host of TraVision,  with guests Martin Collins, Vincent Browne and Kathleen Lawrence, in Pavee Point, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential candidate saw popularity rise after controversial remarks about Traveller culture

Karen McEvoy (24), from Tallaght, who died in Naas General Hospital of suspected sepsis on Christmas day 2018, one week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital.

‘Serious questions to be answered’, says National Women’s Council of Ireland director

Karen McEvoy and partner Barry Kelly.

Karen McEvoy’s partner calls for inquiry into her death in Naas hospital on Christmas Day

Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance said some schools had provided bean bags for children to rest on so they could participate in lessons after catching up on sleep. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Children’s Rights Alliance warns of impact of homelessness on education and health

Karen McEvoy, who died a week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital,  and  Barry Kelly. Neither Mr Kelly nor his solicitor, Niamh O’Brien, has been provided with an interim postmortem result, a death certificate or any of Ms McEvoy’s medical notes.

Partner of Karen McEvoy, who died on Christmas Day, not given ‘any information’

Karen McEvoy (24), from Tallaght, who died in Naas General Hospital of suspected sepsis on Christmas day 2018, one week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital.

Karen McEvoy (24) died a week after giving birth at Coombe hospital

Within two days of giving birth, Karen McEvoy was complaining of severe back and abdominal pain, exhaustion, flu-like symptoms and sweating.

Partner says he has 'to be mammy and daddy now' to their three children

The scene in Gortahork, Donegal, Ireland, where four young men have died in a road crash. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Young friends who died in ‘devastating’ incident near Gortahork described as ‘lovely lads’

The provision of Traveller accommodation in Ireland remains inadequate with sites still badly located and in poor condition, a Council of Europe committee says in a report. Photograph: Tom Honan

Social rights committee also notes continued violations on trade union rules for gardaí

From left, Lisa Algan, a friend of the Connors family, and Maggie Connors, sister of Thomas Connors, leave the Dublin Coroner’s Court. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Number of Traveller families living in unsafe conditions has risen since Carrickmines fire

Pessimism is often used as an excuse – the belief that nothing can be done relieves the burden of having to do anything. Photograph: Mariano Sayno via Getty Images

No Child 2020: Not everyone has enough to eat in Ireland. But poverty is more complex than that

The Coombe hospital: the words used in its letter are almost verbatim the text from section 11 of the Act. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Couple say they were told anomaly was fatal before hospital dubbed it ‘complex anomaly’

Coombe wrote to woman: “As you are aware, your foetus has been diagnosed with a complex foetal anomaly.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coombe says medics not of opinion foetus would die before or within 28 days of birth

Children having lunch at school in Finland. Every child is entitled to a hot meal every day. Photograph:  Fishman Ullstein/Getty

No Child 2020: Ireland and Finland take different approaches to single working mothers

The Coombe hospital has issued a statement saying its board had no role whatsoever in certifying a termination of pregnancy. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘This is not what the people of Ireland voted for. This is not what I voted for’

BBC journalist Fergal Keane spoke of the devastating impact his father’s alcoholism had on him as a child, and into adulthood. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Addiction specialist warns parents on impact of their drinking on family

William and Patricia Maguire with their children (from left) Patrick, Mary, Margaret, Michael and William: they travel from  Ashford, Co Wicklow, to  Rush every day for school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Patricia and William Maguire are living with their five children in emergency accommodation in Wicklow

A garda is greeted by a child at a halting site on the Balgaddy Road in  Clondalkin, Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

South Dublin County Council says it has no duty of care for families, who have 28 children

Ned McDonagh at the unofficial site at Balgaddy, Clondalkin, Dublin. The five families living there   are to be evicted on Friday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

South Dublin County Council says it has no ‘duty of care’ as family are not from the area

  Damien English: “I’ve seen conditions in some sites in Galway, Cork and other places. [I am ]not happy whatsoever. They are disgraceful some of them and that’s being honest.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Local councils failing to deliver on agreed targets may be subject to financial sanction

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