Michael, a Simon Communities of Ireland service user attended the launch of the charity’s  Closing the Door on Homelessness campaign. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic.

It’s almost 50 years since Michael, now 57 years old, took his first drink. That was the start of it, he explains, standing now in front of an instal(...)

In June 2014, when the current method of reporting was initiated, the number of people in emergency accommodation in the west of Ireland – Galway, May(...)