Mike Allen

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Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has criticised an unpublished Housing Agency report. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision to end the “single most successful measure” to help house homeless families was based on a deeply flawed report, according to housing cam(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose runs in a try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at  Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Edinburgh 20 Leinster 33 Leinster produced a performance that blended rigid defence with at times sublime attacking play to overcome Edinburgh at Mur(...)

A property-rental queue at Northumberland Road, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Anyone who has ever rented has horror stories. Whether those involve dodgy landlords, difficult housemates or almost-uninhabitable dives, the experie(...)

Simon Coveney’s action plan, launched last month, looks at rapid-build housing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increasing numbers of families are becoming homeless as their landlords are having to sell up, the homelessness charity Focus Ireland has warned. Thi(...)

Mike Allen of Focus Ireland  said he welcomed some aspects of the plan but there needs to be deeper thinking about the causes of homelessness especially for families. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Focus Ireland has called the new Government scheme for the housing and rental sector as a “split personality plan”. Minister for Housing Simon Coven(...)

Father Peter McVerry: welcomed the expansion of the Housing First programme which moves people straight from rough sleeping into housing

The test of the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness will be “when we see roofs over people’s heads”, Focus Ireland said. The homel(...)

Forward planning is vital if the housing needs of an aging population are to be met close to amenities and transport services. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

An increase in rent supplement is only part of the solution to the housing crisis, according to Mike Allen of Focus Ireland. The increase, which is (...)

The latest figures show there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Homeless children are being accommodated on blow-up beds in adult hostels as the number of families in emergency accommodation has passed 1,000 for th(...)

Focus Ireland said “the whole property market is a pile of carrots already” and “a few more sticks might be part of the answer”. Photograph: PA

Landlords should face penalties if they leave homes empty, rather than being offered “carrots” encouraging them to rent them out, said a leading homel(...)

Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes and her guide dog Quilla were placed in John’s Lane West hostel in Dublin a month ago after being attacked on the streets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Almost 150 former rough sleepers face a return to sleeping on the streets as two Dublin hostels close in the next fortnight. The 42-bed John’s Lane W(...)

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