Homeless Crisis

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‘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(...)

Fianna Fáil would invest all Nama’s profits – estimated to be about €3 billion – in house building. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new State authority that would be set up for a three-year period to drive the construction of 90,000 homes will be a key plank of the Fianna Fáil ma(...)

‘Voters must be given clear proposals on how the current housing crisis can be solved.’ File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

If housing is to be the defining issue of the next election, as all parties expect it will, then voters must be given clear proposals on how the curre(...)

 Conor Skehan, chair of the Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Sinn Féin councillor who was reported as saying she was aware of families in Dublin making themselves homeless to get social housing, has said her c(...)

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(...)

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