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(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announce higher rent supplement limits to help with rising rents. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil can take “some credit” for increases in rent supplement and housing assistance payments, the Minister for Housing has said. Simon Coveney(...)