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President Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the Focus Ireland coffee shop Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

President Michael D Higgins visited the drop-in and coffee shop of the homelessness charity Focus Ireland in Dublin this week. While he was there a mo(...)

Members ofthe IFA protest over supermarket pricing in Dunnes Stores, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Farmers staged a street protest in Dublin today against supermarkets selling vegetables very cheaply. A group of farmers marched into Dunnes Stores in(...)

Dealing with homelessness: Janet, who now lives in transition accommodation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nadia's story “I don’t want that [my mother] knows I am homeless, because her heart is very sick. If she knows that I have very big trouble for(...)

It is 30 years since I carried out my first research project on homelessness in Dublin. After three decades it is hard to accept the reality that the (...)

Lelia Doolan

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy on Lelia Doolin:I’d heard of Lelia when she co-wrote Sit Down and Be Counted [about her and her co-authors’ experiences working (...)

Chief executive  of Focus Ireland Joyce Loughnan speaks at the charity’s annual conference at the Aviva stadium in Dublin late last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of families becoming homeless in Dublin has doubled in the last six months, a charity has warned.With 16 families now losing their home ev(...)

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients. A number of TDs and non-governmental organisat(...)

A homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street. Mary Lou McDonald said the Dublin regional homeless executive had reported that rough sleeping in the city increased by 200 per cent in the past 12 months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government’s aim was to end homelessness by 2016, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.He said its homeless policy statement, published this year, e(...)

Jan O’Sullivan, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, opens Focus Ireland’s conference on ‘New Solutions to Finding Homes’ at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Local authorities should transfer over 3,500 vacant houses and flats to housing associations, a leading housing expert has said. Simon Brooks, directo(...)

Dermot Rooney, who died after his prison release

A few months after Dermot Rooney died, his family received a letter from a woman in Donnybrook, Dublin, where he used to sleep rough. She spoke of his(...)

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