South Dublin County Council accounted for the highest pay-outs of any local authority, as HAP tenancies in the county cost €22.1 million in 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

South Dublin and Dublin City Councils paid out the most under housing assistance payments (HAP) in 2017, a county-by-county breakdown of payments unde(...)

Homeless people are “quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle they have”, Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Eileen Gleeson said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volunteer groups who are only handing out food and clothing on the streets to long-term homeless people are not helping them, a senior local authority(...)

A wreck of a market - a post-crash ghost estate

For Ann, it was a bunk in a hostel or the loss of a new, permanent job. That was her choice. She has spent weeks looking for a place to rent in Dubl(...)

Simon Coveney said the same method of calculating house building has been applied since the 1970s. File photograph: Getty Images

The Minister responsible for housing has denied the level of house building is lower than the Government’s official figures. Simon Coveney was respon(...)