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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thousands of hits came from UK-based visitors


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiqa found Drombanna Centre in Limerick had fire safety failings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

File image of Amanda and Tara Gilbert. Photograph: Facebook

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

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

Sister of Danielle Carroll addresses inaugural summer school in her honour

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

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

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

Councils accused of breaching their tenants’ international human rights

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

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

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

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

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

Varadkar raises prospect of penalties after revelations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph: Jonathan Hordl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations report published in Geneva

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

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