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The 300-bedroom Marlin Hotel on Bow Lane East in Dublin 2 is one of several large new establishments being constructed in the centre of the city. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 15,000 new hotel rooms are being planned for Dublin over the next three to five years, almost doubling the city’s current capacity. A compr(...)

Since 2016, funds totalling almost €2.2m have been approved to pay for cots, buggies and other child-related items, and almost €1.2m to assist with household bills. Photograph: Andy Rain

The cost of providing exceptional payments for items like bedding, household items and furniture for social welfare recipients has risen by almost 70 (...)

Representatives from political parties, trade unions and civil society groups outside Leinster House under the banner of Raise the Roof to demand that the Government implements a major motion on housing passed by the Dáil a year ago. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The “only obstacle” to a “massive” programme of social and affordable home-building on public land is Government ideology, a gathering of activists ca(...)

There were 10,173 adults and children in emergency accommodation in June

The sense of panic about homelessness in Ireland is gone, according to the director of advocacy with Focus Ireland. Mike Allen has said the fact hom(...)

National homeless figures for June show that 6,497 adults and 3,675 children are in emergency accommodation

The number of homeless people in the Republic has dropped, however the figure remains above 10,000 for the fifth month in a row. The national homeles(...)

Homeless families in Dublin are to be given Leap cards allowing them free access to public transport for the month of August, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to announce.

Homeless families in Dublin are to be given Leap cards allowing them free access to public transport for the month of August, Minister for Housing Eog(...)

The needs of homeless families and children are so compelling that a special effort is essential to provide them with reliable accommodation. Photo: Tom Honan

The number of homeless families can be expected to rise during the next four years, until the number of new homes being built meets demand, according (...)

Mike Allen, head of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said 20 to 25 families a week in Dublin were becoming homeless for  reasons including that the landlord was selling or  the property was being repossessed. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Over half of homeless families looking for a home in the private rented sector got no reply from landlords when they said they were dependent on the H(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: claimed Fine Gael has failed on housing. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of conducting a social experiment to turn Ireland away from a nation of home-owners to a (...)

Since February 2019 the figures show an increase of 41 in the total number of homeless, of whom 37 were children, setting a new record level. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of advocacy at homeless charity Focus Ireland has called on the Minister for Housing to look at the right to a home provision in the Constitu(...)

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