Homeless Crisis

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People arriving in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh for the Sleep in the Park sleepout event raising funds to combat homelessness. Photograph: Stewart Attwood/PA Wire

Thousands of people including Sir Bob Geldof will sleep out in freezing conditions in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh tonight to raise money to tackle ho(...)

Gheorghe Filip from Romania making hand-made Christmas cards  at the Mendicity Institute. The cards will   go on sale this Sunday at the Mendicity Institute Christmas Market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s not the lights on the Christmas tree in the canteen of the Mendicity Institution on Island Street in Dublin 8 that command attention. It’s what t(...)

A homeless person takes shelter at the Four Courts in Dublin. More than 5,000 people in the State are using hostels or sleeping rough. Photograph: Collins

When I started working in the area of homelessness in the mid-1980s, I thought we could solve homelessness within 10 years by housing all the long-ter(...)

If the Government will not do the right thing, the ball is back in our court – those affected by the crisis and those in solidarity with them. Photograph: Getty Images

Budget 2018 confirmed the continuation of the Government’s failing housing strategy: that of supporting private developers and landlords as the main p(...)

Members of the High Hope’s Choir gathered in Windmill Lane studio. Pictured are members of the choir including Shay Healy, Don Baker and Glenn Baker. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artists including Christy Dignam of Aslan, Shay Healy, Frances Black, Don Baker and the High Hopes Choir have come together to record a charity single(...)

Homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street, Dublin. Intercounty players are organising sleep-outs on December 16th to draw attention to homelessness.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Upwards of 150 GAA intercounty players are to sleep out in towns and cities across Ireland on Saturday December 16th to draw attention to the homeless(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “We have more than €8 billion for housing which will allow us to build 3,000 social houses”. Photograph: PA

Between 40 and 50 homeless people die every year in Ireland and “each one is a tragedy and very sad”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil. He said t(...)

A homeless person taking shelter at the Four Courts in Dublin on Wednesday. A Lithuanian national in his 30s died at the Four Courts on Monday night. Photograph: Collins

A homeless man in his late 50s, who died while sleeping rough on Tuesday, was on a “priority” list to be housed but could not be due to a lack of one-(...)

Midlands Simon, which runs a six-bed homeless  shelter in Athlone (pictured), has already cut staffing and says it will likely have to close the facility unless it gets a “reasonable increase in funding”, according to its chief executive, Tony Riordain. File photograph: Google Street View

The only emergency shelter for homeless people in Co Westmeath, which also serves Laois, Longford and Offaly, faces closure because its costs can no l(...)

A Garda spokeswoman said Dublin Fire Brigade and gardaí from Donnybrook were called to the scene on Tuesday.

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has described as “very sad” the death of a man who had been sleeping rough in Ranelagh, Dublin on Tuesday. The man(...)

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