Mike Allen

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Fr Peter McVerry: suggests the Government is still in denial about the extent of the homelessness crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Children aged four and younger are the largest single age group experiencing homelessness, according to figures from Census 2016. Five years earlier (...)

Families and children accounted for nearly half the total homeless population last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Census figures showing almost 7,000 people homeless last year highlight the urgent need for a national affordable housing scheme, according to Labour (...)

Dublin is home to more than 20,000  vacant houses.

Just seven Dublin property owners have applied for grants of up to €40,000 to allow their rundown vacant houses be refurbished for homeless families. (...)

The Government has set aside €140 million to secure 3,500 of the State’s 183,000 vacant homes for social housing by 2021 under its Repair and Leasing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

Housing charities tasked with finding vacant properties which could be refurbished for social housing have said property owners have shown “no interes(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland, said the report reflected the “enormous difficulties faced by the over 1,000 families that are homeless”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The health of homeless children in emergency accommodation is deteriorating, with families living off takeaway food and eating meals on their beds or (...)

The Department of Housing  is in ongoing discussions with the owners of Airbnb on putting together protocols for landlords advertising on the Airbnb lettings website. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New guidelines are being drawn up in an attempt to regulate short term leasing of homes across the State on websites such as Airbnb. An Oireachtas H(...)

Karen Middleton (centre, without glasses) with her son Luke, other family members and supporters, outside Carlow County Council offices.

A homeless single mother has been sleeping in a tent outside the Carlow county council offices since Monday night after the local authority stopped pa(...)

It also found that the lack of access to housing forced many of the young people into situations of ‘hidden’ homelessness. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Only a quarter of homeless young people tracked over a two year period under an academic study found stable accommodation at the end of that period. (...)

 Simon Coveney said the Dublin Region Homeless Executive had been given an almost “blank cheque” to ensure no family was ever left without an emergency bed. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney was “very annoyed” that 12 families, including more than 30 children, were directed to Garda stations this week as (...)

During the week of April 24th to April 30th there were 2,708 homeless children in 1,302 families across the State, compared with 2,643 in 1,256 families in March. Photograph: Getty Images

The homelessness crisis is enveloping a spiralling number of children – 2,708 at the end of April, in 1,302 families across the State – and the law n(...)

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