Niamh Randall

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Niamh Randall, national spokesperson for the Simon Communities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Urgent action is needed to tackle rent prices in the private sector to alleviate the worsening problem of homelessness, a national charity said. Publi(...)

Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

On November 18th last year, on the floor of Leinster House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is n(...)

Figures published by the Department of the Environment on Thursday show there are 3,081 homeless people, including 1,054 children

Over a thousand children in the State are now in emergency accommodation, an increase of 22 per cent since January.Figures published by the Department(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

A file photograph of volunteers preparing food and goody bags for distribution, at the annual Christmas Dinner organised by the Knights of  Columbanus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The number of meals served by organisers of the Christmas day dinner for the homeless at the RDS in Dublin has doubled in three years.Adrian King, cha(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rent supplement rates will not be increased, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has indicated. A review of rent supple(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

Of the 3,808 people found to be in emergency accommodation or sleeping rough in the 2011 census, 37 per cent of them were outside Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homelessness in rural Ireland is increasing and is more hidden, more stigmatised and more difficult to endure than being homeless in towns or cities,(...)

Latest figures show that the numbers sleeping rough in the capital have increased by 50 per cent since April last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

More than 170 homeless families are living in hotels across the capital as authorities struggle to cope with an unprecedented (...)

Dr Kathy Walsh  interviewed  16 homeless people over the age of 50 to find out their concerns about growing older. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Provision should be made within the health service for end-of-life care for older homeless people, a new Irish study has recommended.Homelessness, Age(...)

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