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Newly nominated Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will bring the  same ‘energy, commitment and reforming  zeal to her new role’ as she when children’s minister, an Taoiseach said today. . Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Newly nominated Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will bring the “same energy, commitment and reforming zeal to her new role” as wh(...)

The number of families losing their homes in the capital continue to increase Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new protocol to identify families at risk of losing their homes will be rolled out in Dublin in coming weeks. As the number of families losing their(...)

Estelle Sweeney, mother of three who lives in a Hotel, in Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Estelle Sweeney (31) and her three sons – aged 11, nine and six – are one of 30 families living in a hostel in Dublin’s city centre. They have been th(...)

Focus Ireland director of advocacy Mike Allen: County council relented and agreed, at 4pm on a bank holiday Friday, to pay for hotel accommodation for them.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Constituency staff of a Government TD had to pay for emergency hotel accommodation for a family of seven last week when South Dublin County Council wa(...)

Beds at a hostel for homeless people in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive expects to spend €4.5 million on emergency hotel accommodation for homeless families this year, The Irish Times h(...)

Charlene Murray from Shankill, Co Dublin, with her five children: Casey (12), Zara (10), James (8), Kealum (4) and Skye (4). The family have been living in a hotel in Citywest for the past three months. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For the past three months, Charlene Murray and her five children have called a hotel room in west Dublin home. “This isn’t something I ever ima(...)

Mick Wallace: said rents in Dublin were going through the roof because huge numbers of apartments, including ones he developed, “have been sold en bloc as opposed to individually, for less than half the amount that it would cost to build them today”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Claims that property speculators are operating a rental cartel on blocks of apartments will be investigated, Minister for Soci(...)

Latest figures show that the numbers sleeping rough in the capital have increased by 50 per cent since April last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

More than 170 homeless families are living in hotels across the capital as authorities struggle to cope with an unprecedented (...)

Speeding fines: last year 1,754 drivers escaped points after making a poor-box contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last week the property developer Niall Mellon appeared in court for not paying an €80 fixed-penalty notice for speeding. Judge Michael Coghlan (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “It is crucial that an aftercare plan is prepared to identify the supports that young people need as they transition to adulthood.”

The Government has settled on the scope of draft laws that will compel public authorities to prepare a formal(...)

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