Homes for all demo; UCD’s highest honour awarded; Books of 2018

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Protesters gather in Dublin at the “Homes for all” rally on Saturday. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Protesters gather in Dublin at the “Homes for all” rally on Saturday. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

 

Thousands of people have taken part in a protest march in Dublin to highlight the housing crisis. The latest figures released by the Department of Housing showed that there 9,724 people accessing State-funded emergency accommodation in October. Tim O’Brien reports.

When Emma Lockwood was growing up in Dublin’s north inner city, she could see two versions of her future mapped out in front of her: have a baby or do a Fás course. Jennifer O’Connell reports.

Two renowned Irish architects have been awarded UCD’s highest honour, the Ulysses Medal. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders, of Grafton Architects were recognised for their outstanding global contribution at an event at the university on Friday afternoon. Carl O’Brien reports.

When the people of Moville, Co Donegal, learnt about two weeks ago that the town’s biggest hotel was to close and reopen as a direct provision centre before Christmas, reaction was more polarised than that being expressed over the last few days. Kitty Holland reports.

A US school made headlines for sending black kids to elite universities. Here’s the reality. The small-town school was lauded for its work to boost underprivileged children’s education. But the school cut corners and doctored college applications. Read more here.

Books of 2018: writers pick their favourite novels and non-fiction. From Anna Burns’s Milkman to Diarmaid Ferriter’s On the Edge, it’s been a strong year. Read more here.

Online hate speech against groups such as asylum seekers and Travellers is widespread in Ireland but is seldom called out or reported, a new study has found. Carl O’Brien reports.