Damien English

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  Damien English: “I’ve seen conditions in some sites in Galway, Cork and other places. [I am ]not happy whatsoever. They are disgraceful some of them and that’s being honest.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Living conditions in some Traveller sites are “disgraceful” and “not conditions for families to be living in”, Minister of State for Traveller Housin(...)

Minister of State for Housing Damien English (left) with Niamh Randall and  Dermot Kavangh of the Simon Community at the launch of the charity’s  2017 annual report. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

There are no plans afoot to recognise housing as a fundamental right in the Constitution as such a guarantee is not needed, the Minister of State for (...)

A housing and care crisis for older people is looming due to an over-concentration on nursing homes and lack of alternative supported accommodation, t(...)

 Minister of State for Housing Damien English said his department was  exploring policy options for the housing of older people. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Older people need better housing options so they can “rightsize” their accommodation to suit their changing needs, according to Minister of State for (...)

Traveller housing in Ballymun, Dublin. Seventeen local authorities have between them failed to spend €10.3 million on Traveller housing in the first three-quarters of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Less than a fifth of funding allocated for Traveller accommodation this year has been spent, and more than half of local authorities have spent nothin(...)

The area in Cook Street, Dublin, where Michal Waskiewicz died while sleeping rough. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The death of a homeless man on a Dublin street this week was “tragic” and efforts are underway to provide additional accommodation for people without (...)

The St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities failing to spend their Traveller accommodation budgets could face financial sanctions, under proposals being examined by Government-(...)

Homelessness figures published last week showed 9,698 people, including 3,829 children, were in emergency accommodation in September.

More than 120 child protection and welfare reports were made to the State’s child and family agency Tusla in two months, over homeless families left w(...)

From left, Minister of State for Housing Damien English, Kristine Taylor, St Teresa’s Gardens resident, and Stephen Rourke,  chairman of St Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The long-awaited construction of 54 social homes at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s southwest inner city is projected to cost €26.5 million, or almost(...)

The number of Traveller families requiring accommodation has more than doubled since legislation was introduced in 1998 mandating local authorities to provide same. File Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Minister of State for Housing Damien English has pledged to ensure that increased resources for Traveller accommodation are spent by local authorities(...)

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