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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(...)

New figures published on Thursday shows there were a total of 6,552 adults and 3,355 children in emergency accommodation during a week in March, totalling 9,907. Photograph: iStock

The number of homeless people continued to fall in March, dropping below 10,000, amid warnings against complacency in the aftermath of Covid-19 restri(...)

Sheno Mouradi with her husband and children: they were among the families who   exited homelessness in March. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Almost 100 families in Dublin exited homelessness in March – a significant increase on the 84 families in March 2019, according to Dublin City Council(...)

Celtic Cross in a West of Ireland Landscape by Paul Henry sold for €105,000 through Morgan O’Driscoll

Morgan O’Driscoll ’s Irish and international art this week was a good litmus test for the online auction market in the current health crisis. The res(...)

Homeless Ray Halpin (left) and Cameron Neilson, who stay at the Phoenix Lodge shelter in Parkgate Street. The men were signatories to a letter sent to The Irish Times about the lack of social distancing in their accommodation. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Earlier this week, this paper published a letter from four homeless men highlighting their difficulties self-isolating in the coronavirus crisis. One (...)

Jade Downey, mother of four boys, and Kirsty Spencer with children Phoenix (2) and Junior (3) at the family hub on Clonliffe Road where they have resided for the past year. Photograph: Alan Betson

It has been “very hard”, says Jade Downey, to tell her autistic, non-verbal twin boys (4) they cannot go to school, use the playground or even go into(...)

A playground closed due to  coronavirus in Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

With 140, 000 people losing their jobs over recent days as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, many are struggling with worries about their financia(...)

Visually impaired Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes and assistance dog Quilla in the Capuchin Friary Church on Church Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Dublin church has opened its doors, and pews, to homeless people who need a place to eat during the coronavirus outbreak. St Mary’s of the Angels,(...)

Sisters Ava and Teaghan O’Donnell (front) with cousins Josh (left) and Sam Kelly (right) and Sara Marini Lazarov (centre) help launch Focus Ireland’s 5 Point Plan to tackle the housing and homeless crisis at the Dáil. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

A rent freeze is among the radical steps the next government must take to “get on top of” the housing crisis, Focus Ireland warns. Speaking at an ev(...)

The Simon Communities  said the latest statistics show 4,400 single adults in emergency accommodation, an overall increase of 7.2% since January 2019. File photograph: The Irish Times

The number of people homeless increased significantly in January just weeks after the figures dropped below 10,000. Statistics published by the Depar(...)

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