Homeless Crisis

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Conor Skehan said the Government may have “unwittingly” encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system by prioritising homelessness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council has called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to remove Conor Skehan from his position as chairman of the Housing Agency and to(...)

 Conor Skehan, the chair of the Housing Agency. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has tabled an emergency motion for next week’s meeting of Dublin City Council calling for the immediate appointment of a new chair of the Ho(...)

Conor Skehan has been reappointed as  chair of the Government’s Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has reappointed Conor Skehan as chair of the Housing Agency for another year, after being unable to attract any “su(...)

 The Gresham Hotel gave ‘good notice’ of change in policy, Dublin City Council said. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fourteen homeless families who have been living in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin will be accommodated elsewhere after a change in policy on accepting em(...)

“People conflate words like ‘rough sleeping’ and ‘homeless people’, and conflate ‘beggars’ and ‘rough sleepers’.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeless charities should be subject to “performance targets” to justify their annual State funding of more than €116 million, Housing Agency chairman(...)

Housing Agency’s outgoing head, Conor Skehan, has said the Government may have ‘unwittingly’ encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Families living in hotels and other emergency accommodation may be “gaming the system” by declaring themselves homeless to jump up the housing waiting(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the issue of a voluntary rural resettlement scheme. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A voluntary rural resettlement scheme could be considered to help address the country’s housing crisis, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Such a schem(...)

Donated gifts can be left at the crib in the Pro Cathedral. Photograph: Eric Luke

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin has begun its annual appeal for any unwanted Christmas presents, which it will be distributed to homeless families t(...)

Eimear Larkin from Celbridge helping to serve Maria Byrne, James Byrne and Kathleen Byrne all from Dublin 7 at the Knights of St Columbanus Christmas dinner at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Around 300 volunteers helped serve Christmas dinners and deliver food to those in need for the 93rd Annual Knights of St Columbanus Christmas Day dinn(...)

Timothy Hourihane, who is in his early fifties and a trained chef, said he was grateful to sit alongside his fellow diners for a meal provided by the River Lee Hotel in Cork city.

A homeless man in his fifties who had his Christmas dinner at the Penny Dinners charitable service in Cork this morning said it was his best Christmas(...)

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