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Dave* is one of the Samaritans-trained ‘listeners’ in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison, who counsel other prisoners about mental health issues: ‘Prison is so fake . . . The listeners let you take off your mask.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter* was just 17 when he first entered solitary confinement. “I had 30 days of my sentence left – I will never forget it – and I got into a fight. B(...)

Locked up: in the reception wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

It’s Monday morning and Dr Conor O’Neill is in a busy district court on the east coast, waiting for one of his patients to be called. Young men are be(...)

Conviction cycle: David Emerson attributes his problems to his brain injuries

When David Emerson left school he started work as an apprentice roofer in the midst of the building boom. “Everything was rosy,” he says. But two seri(...)

Fr Peter McVerry:  said  political leadership was needed to end homelessness as charities could only do so much.Photograph: Alan Betson

For the second time in as many days, a leading charity working with the homeless has claimed that the problem is at its worst for decades.Fr Peter McV(...)

Hard times: Henryk Piotrowski. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

It used to be easy enough to find Henryk Piotrowski. Even in the rough and tumble world of homelessness his days were carefully measured out in visits(...)

Fr Peter McVerry, who campaigns for the homeless, said it was difficult to know why the number of destitute foreign nationals was increasing at this time. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Just days after a homeless Polish man was crushed to death in a bin he was sleeping in, it has emerged the number of destitute people from EU accessio(...)

  Fr Peter McVerry. His trust will next week take over the running of St Catherine’s Foyer, near St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Peter McVerry Trust has moved to dispel fears over changes to a homeless hostel in Dublin’s southwest inner city.The trust will next week take ove(...)

Graffiti pictured along Creighton Street and Windmill Lane, Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Two men have avoided going to jail after they graffitied trams, train carriages and buses causing over €32,000 worth of damage.Charlie Magaharan (18) (...)

It started out as a rebel priest in a three-bed flat in Ballymun providing help for young homeless.Thirty years on, so much and so little has changed.(...)

Photograph: Milos Jokic/E+/Getty

It started with a prescription. The benzodiazepine tablets Dermot was given to cope with a bereavement allowed him to escape into sleep, a sens(...)

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