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The service generates a personal address based on the person’s choice of local post office, which will also be their mail collection point.

One-third of homeless people in the Republic have signed up for an initiative that provides them with a free personal postal address. Some 200 post (...)

Representatives from political parties, trade unions and civil society groups outside Leinster House under the banner of Raise the Roof to demand that the Government implements a major motion on housing passed by the Dáil a year ago. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The “only obstacle” to a “massive” programme of social and affordable home-building on public land is Government ideology, a gathering of activists ca(...)

A smart board replaces blackboard and chalk: if a child is interested in planes, that interest should be nurtured with toy planes, books about planes, binoculars and aviation posters. Photograph: Eric Luke

As new students enter colleges hoping to learn the skills required to become good primary teachers, they might be better off brushing up on their fund(...)

Brian Somers says he began to abuse solvents when he was in primary school, before progressing to harder drugs, and then ended up on the streets. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For Brian Somers, being sent to prison was a relief because it meant he could sleep somewhere warm, eat properly and detox from drugs. The 47-year-ol(...)

Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan: ’Sometimes I think that many people have come to believe that it is impossible to end homelessness’

More than 15,500 people were supported by Focus Ireland last year, a record number for the homeless charity. The figures are a rise of more than 7 p(...)

Being homeless during the summer holidays brings a new set of challenges. Photograph: iStock

Many parents will be celebrating the reopening of schools this week but for families living in emergency accommodation the relief is even more keenly (...)

Grief, a major accident, the break-up of a long-term relationship, and moving house. What do all of these have in common? They’re major life transitio(...)

There were 10,173 adults and children in emergency accommodation in June

The sense of panic about homelessness in Ireland is gone, according to the director of advocacy with Focus Ireland. Mike Allen has said the fact hom(...)

National homeless figures for June show that 6,497 adults and 3,675 children are in emergency accommodation

The number of homeless people in the Republic has dropped, however the figure remains above 10,000 for the fifth month in a row. The national homeles(...)

Homeless families in Dublin are to be given Leap cards allowing them free access to public transport for the month of August, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to announce.

Homeless families in Dublin are to be given Leap cards allowing them free access to public transport for the month of August, Minister for Housing Eog(...)

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