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Michael, a Simon Communities of Ireland service user attended the launch of the charity’s  Closing the Door on Homelessness campaign. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic.

It’s almost 50 years since Michael, now 57 years old, took his first drink. That was the start of it, he explains, standing now in front of an instal(...)

Dublin Simon hopes to secure enough funding to buy 50 one- and two-bedroom units in the greater Dublin area over the next two years, with the properties expected to cost €250,000-plus each. Photograph: Alan Betson

There will be no tax benefit for wealthy philanthropists who lease property for free to Dublin Simon Community, under a new plan drawn up by the chari(...)

Dublin Simon provides services to more than 6,200 adults and children impacted by homelessness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Dublin Simon Community has launched a fund targeted at wealthy business people who will be asked to buy homes in the capital that would be leased (...)

About two-thirds of homeless children last month were in families headed by a lone parent.

Homeless children and families in the capital are continuing to increase, though at a slower rate than earlier in the year. Figures presented to cou(...)

Sleeping rough in Dublin. The Simon Community’s chief executive has defended the charity’s €7.55m salary bill for 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There is now a record number of 228 rough sleepers in Dublin city centre, according to the Simon Community. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has de(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times / File

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has described as “shocking” new figures which suggest the number of homeless people in Ireland has reached a new re(...)

The pre-Budget message is that 1 in 10 in emergency accommodation will ge a home, according to the Simon Community chief executive. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There is now a record number of 228 rough sleepers in Dublin city centre, according to the chief executive of the Simon Community. Speaking prior to (...)

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The charities sector in Ireland is a pretty crowded space. There is also lots of duplication, which means it is quite territorial. It can make for i(...)

In Poppintree, Ballymun, 22 units are expected to be completed and operational within the coming weeks

Housing charities say it is “extremely disappointing” that 131 modular houses across Dublin will now not be finished until autumn as part of a new ten(...)

More families became homeless in Dublin last month than in any previous month on record, the latest figures show. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More families became homeless in Dublin last month than in any previous month on record, the latest figures show. Some 134 families, including 269 c(...)

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