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An image from this year’s Belvedere College Christmas sleep-out in Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

The echo of young male choral voices mixed with the rattle of coins in plastic buckets on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Saturday, as dozens of teenage (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said an  increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation was ‘anticipated’ as rough sleepers were moved into emergency beds. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times.

Almost 10,000 people will be without a home this Christmas, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing. The figures show there w(...)

There are no angels or shepherds coming to adore our homeless children; no star from the east to hang over them. Above, a window in  the lady chapel of the Catholic University Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One homeless child is a tragedy. One thousand homeless children is an emergency. Four thousand homeless children is a policy. Before we succumb, as we(...)

The DSPCA is looking for people to sponsor pets this Christmas.

You may well be exhausted from the Christmas rush. But with just a week to go, if you still have gifts to get, why not consider one that can benefit s(...)

Focus Ireland has made an urgent Christmas appeal for donations

The number of people helped by Focus Ireland jumped by 11 per cent between January and the end of last month compared to the similar period last year.(...)

Focus Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Homeless children expressing suicidal and self-harming thoughts, and hundreds more experiencing “deep trauma”, have no child-support services, a senio(...)

Young parents faced “multiple disadvantages” when looking for rented accommodation “due to a combination of their young age, childcare demands, lack of financial resources, no landlord references and often no work references”

Homeless families headed by young adults are particularly vulnerable and need specific supports yet stakeholders’ attitudes to them can be “unsympathe(...)

 Rough sleepers set up a row of tents at the Ilac Centre, off Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Every day across Dublin, thousands of people rely on others for food for a variety of reasons. Over the course of one day The Irish Times visited ser(...)

Rachel Cunningham outside Hen’s Teeth on Fade Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rachel Cunningham remembers how her idea of a Christmas present drive for homeless children came about. “It was three weeks before Christmas last year(...)

The apology came on foot of a meeting between unions and senior management on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has apologised to workers for a claim that some employees were stealing from passengers, according to trad(...)

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