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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(...)

Bernadette Mills and Khalid Lamii, who are now living in a one-bedroom apartment in Avocal House, a homeless hostel in Temple Street West, assisted by  Focus Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

When Minister for Finance Michael Noonan puts the finishing touches to the budget next month, he could be forgiven for not having the precise case of (...)

Fr Peter McVerry:  said  political leadership was needed to end homelessness as charities could only do so much.Photograph: Alan Betson

For the second time in as many days, a leading charity working with the homeless has claimed that the problem is at its worst for decades.Fr Peter McV(...)

Focus Ireland asserts that the number of families becoming homeless each month in the capital has jumped from eight to 16. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Seven people are becoming homeless every day in Dublin, according to Focus Ireland, the charity that works with, and campaigns on behalf of, the home(...)

It sounds simple: if you want to maximise the value of your crop, sell it at the market offering the best price. But until recently, lack of real-time(...)

 Carol-Anne O’Brien, Michael Barron, Anthony Burrowes, Siobhan Cuddy and Oisin O’Reilly of Belong To, the Youth Service for gay and lesbian teenagers. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A couple of years ago Michael Barron, the director of Belong To, the national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young p(...)

Latest official figures nationally indicate there are about 5,000 people homeless nationally. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Charities have warned of a growing crisis in homelessness following new figures which show the numbers sleeping rough in Dublin have increased by almo(...)

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said the Government is committed to ending long-term homelessness by 2016. Photograph: THE IRISH TIMES

Homeless people who require support services need to be made aware of their availability, a Government minister has said. Minister of Sta(...)

Rent supplement will be replaced by a new “housing assistance payment”, which will allow those who take up full-time work to continue to receive a proportion of the payment. The size of the payment will depend on a person’s ability to pay.

Recipients of rent supplement who take up full-time employment will be able to retain the payment under reforms being planned (...)

Norah Gibbons previously chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry and co-chaired the Independent Child Death Review

Former Barnardos director of advocacy Norah Gibbons has been appointed as the first chairwoman of the board of the new Child and Family Agency. (...)

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