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Charities have welcomed a decrease in the amount of people sleeping on the streets. Photograph: The Irish Times

A sharp decline in the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has been welcomed by homelessness agencies. They warned, however, that the drop was (...)

The  people  who engaged with homeless services for the first time during  the snow storm included people sleeping in cars, squats and, in one case, in their place of work

About 70 homeless people who got emergency beds during last week’s severe weather had not been engaging with homeless services before the storm. They (...)

The Peter McVerry Trust homelessness charity has put emergency measures in place to protect people who are homeless. Photograph: iStock

The Peter McVerry Trust homelessness charity has put emergency measures in place to protect people who are homeless ahead of the extreme cold weather (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As reaction to the National Development Plan emerges, there is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors which have broadly welcomed ne(...)

 Dolores O Brien and her five children have moved into their new home  in the Chanel Manor development in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Two new social housing schemes, at differing stages of development by housing bodies, were announced in north Dublin on Monday. At Coldwinters in Fin(...)

The apartment complex at 181-187 Townsend Street in Dublin will be redeveloped to provide housing for homeless adults. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of Dublin’s oldest purpose-built flat complexes, which has been vacant for almost seven years, is to be redeveloped by the Peter McVerry Trust to (...)

A rough sleeper outside the GPO in   Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has increased by a third (33 per cent) since April, the latest official figures show, reaching a record (...)

Pat Doyle: “Housing First means you offer the person the keys to a home straightaway rather than put them through treatment and other programmes first.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

There is a big difference to responding to a crisis and merely reacting to it, according to Peter McVerry Trust chief executive Pat Doyle. “Providing (...)

Fr Peter McVerry:  2016 had been “the most difficult and challenging year” in the 33-year history of the organisation. “Thousands of homeless children has become the norm.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Constantly increasing the supply of emergency accommodation for homeless people will not solve the housing crisis, while a lack of public investment i(...)

Extended hours will be in operation at the Peter McVerry homeless youth café on Berkeley Street.  File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An additional 200 beds are to be made available for rough sleepers in Dublin on Monday evening, The temporary accommodation spaces have been sourced (...)

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