Homeless Crisis

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Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan’s comments echo even more inflammatory comments made just more than a year ago by the former chairman of the State’s Housing Agency Conor Skehan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Comments by Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan in relation to homeless provision in Dublin were certainly inflammatory, and probably il(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: the department has been seeking ways to make it less attractive for people to turn down offers of social housing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Families who turn down two offers of social housing will not receive another offer for five years under a change in policy set to be introduced by the(...)

New recruits: Ollie O’Connor of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel said when they joined up, they were young fit men and women. ‘They didn’t put up their hands to become homeless veterans.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Former members of the Defence Forces are to highlight the plight of homeless veterans by camping on the streets of Dublin in sleeping bags made of fab(...)

James Reilly pictured at his Anglo-Irish mansion on 82 acres in Co Offaly in 2016 as it was put up for sale. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for health James Reilly is calling for tax incentives to encourage people over the age of 55 to vacate large houses to help ease the h(...)

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 800 children treated at the emergency department at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin last year were homeless, and more(...)

William and Patricia Maguire with their children (from left) Patrick, Mary, Margaret, Michael and William: they travel from  Ashford, Co Wicklow, to  Rush every day for school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A homeless family from north county Dublin, who have been driving their children 160km a day to and from school as their emergency accommodation is in(...)

Dublin homelessness tour: “Sleeping out in the city centre, that was my worst nightmare. I had to put on my Bear Grylls head,” Derek McGuire says. “It was going to be about survival.” Photograph: Rory Carroll

Dublin has a rich variety of tours – literary pub crawls, Guinness brewery tastings, Trinity College walkabouts, splashing through the Liffey dressed (...)

Amanda Ruttledge (47) and her four sons were told on Christmas Eve to leave the homeless-family hub in which they had been living. Photograph: Jack Power

An attempt was made to remove a mother and her four children from a homeless-family hub on Christmas Eve, where they had been living for the past year(...)

Luis Rivas in his rented apartment in the Coombe, where the electricity and water have been turned off. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Property receivers Deloitte said it will do “all [it] can” to find accommodation for its tenants who have had no electricity or running water since th(...)

“Not only is reliance on the market to provide social goods a policy that is bound to fail – it is a policy that we always knew was bound to fail. And still we did it.” Photograph: The Irish Times

After working for decades, through the lean times and the boom times and under governments of various types, to try to alleviate and abolish homelessn(...)

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