Bridget Harty and Helen (Nellie) Reilly with five of Bridget’s nine children (Nellie’s grandchildren), Mikey Reilly (18 months), Biddy Reilly (8), Nelly Reilly (6 months), Judy Reilly (3) and Diane Reilly (6) beside one of the wagons on a halting site the family live in just off the M8 at Cashel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Brigid Harty (28), her husband, John Reilly, and their nine children – all under 12 – share a caravan on a muddy, rocky site just off the M8 motorway (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, one of his party’s government negotiators, has accused Fine Gael of acting in ‘bad faith’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government formation talks have been damaged by sharp criticisms from Fianna Fail of contingency plans to hold a general election in the midst of (...)

The number of women in emergency accommodation has been growing faster than men. Photograph: iStock

The number of families living in emergency accommodation across the State has increased by almost 350 per cent in the past five years, according to re(...)

Minister for Planning  Eoghan Murphy. A spokesman said: ‘The Minister made an order on March 29th extending all periods and timelines specified in the Planning Act by 23 days until April 20th.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Department of Housing has said it is preparing to issue a series of directives to local authorities to automatically extend the duration of existi(...)

John McDonnell, 83, who has cancer, at the St Dominic’s Park Traveller site at Belcamp Lane, Darndale, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Johnny McDonnell (84) has prostate cancer and bone cancer, and lives in a caravan in Dublin with no running water. A resident of St Dominic’s Park, a(...)

A spokesman for the Department of Justice  said the extra beds would  support social distancing measures in direct provision centres. Photograph: The Irish Times

A significant number of additional bed spaces are to provided for asylum seekers in direct provision centres in the coming days, the Department of Jus(...)

Hicham Lamchaali (36), from Morocco and South Africa, works 48 hours per week as a nursing home duty-manager. He remains, however, in a direct provision centre in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The number of people stuck in direct provision because they cannot get housing has increased by 65 per cent since the end of 2018. Figures from the D(...)

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien has sought a meeting with the Land Development Agency  without Department of Housing officials present. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Local authority managers would be given more executive powers to dilute the ability of councillors to delay or block the sale of council land for hous(...)

Shouldn’t height deliver more affordable apartments. Photograph: Getty

We’re repeatedly told the answer to Ireland’s housing problem is to build up, not out – in other words more apartments in urban areas. But developers (...)

The Cabinet has  considered a memo on  “managing climate risks to Ireland’s changing coast”. Photograph: Getty Images

A new State strategy to manage coastal erosion which Ministers hope will outline where extra protections need to be put in place is being examined by (...)

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