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Vanessa Barrett (L) with her sons MJ and Patrick, and her sister-in-law Samantha Barrett with her daughters Kaitlyn, Makenzie, Sinita and Noriah. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Three young families, including eight young children, remain living on waste ground without electricity, running water, toilets or rubbish collection (...)

Sabrina and Joe with their dog Cindy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pets offer comfort, security and companionship to people who are on the streets but they can also make it difficult for them to find accommodation. A(...)

More than 2,000 repossessed homes have been offered by banks to the Housing Agency for social housing under a new scheme. File photograph: iStock

More than 2,000 repossessed homes have been offered by banks to the Housing Agency for social housing under a new scheme, but just 163 have been made (...)

The State needs timelines for the delivery of social housing targets, according to Roughan MacNamara of Focus Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

The Government needs to introduce timelines to implement social housing targets, according the advocacy manager at homeless charity Focus Ireland. “(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: acknowledged the homelessness issue would continue to be a challenge in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of families in emergency accommodation decreased by 122 across the State last month, according to latest homelessness figures released by t(...)

The average rent paid under the scheme was highest in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at €1,577 a month, followed by South Dublin council at €1,232 a month, and Fingal at €1,173 a month. Photograph: Getty Images

Private landlords in Dublin received an average of €1,266 a month from three local authorities for properties they leased under the State’s rental acc(...)

 The agency recommended that interventions to prevent people “presenting as homeless” would be beneficial “where there is a potential for a perverse incentive for households to present as homeless in order to secure social housing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Housing Agency warned the government almost two years ago that it was in danger of incentivising people to declare themselves homeless if it conti(...)

Tomas Synacek and Lucie Venglovska at their accomodation on South Circular Road, Dublin. “Apollo House was a new start for us,” says  Tomas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Czech couple, who came to Ireland in May 2015 “for a new life” but spent more than a year sleeping rough, now have a home and one is interning with (...)

‘The landlord wanted to kick us out and get new tenants in at a higher rent,’ says one Dublin tenant who was forced to move out of his accommodation during a renovations.

Just over a year ago, the Government introduced “rent pressure zones” in response to rising costs for tenants. Initially concentrated on areas in Dubl(...)

Numbers living in emergency accommodation also rose last year compared with 2016. Photograph: Collins

Almost two-thirds of homeless individuals and families who moved into homes in Dublin last year were housed in private sector accommodation, according(...)

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