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Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A €300 million investment fund for social housing, which will deliver 2,000 units of public housing over the next three years, will be built on and e(...)

Homeless trust founder Fr Peter McVerry said on Tuesday  for the “first time since the famine, we now have families sleeping in the streets, families with young children being told ‘there’s no accommodation available, you’re on your own’”.

A housing conference has been told the Government’s plan to provide 35,000 new social housing units by 2020 and end homelessness by 2016 are a “fantas(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said reducing the voting age could lead to a demand for a lowering of the age threshold in other areas including the sale of tobacco and alcohol, the use of sunbeds and access to most social welfare schemes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Reducing the voting age limit from 18 to 16 could result in a demand for a similar drop in the legal age for smoking and drinking alcohol, the Dáil ha(...)

Effects of pyrite on a house in Fingal. The presence of the mineral has been discovered in homes in the  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County Council areas. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Pyrite, a mineral which can cause severe structural damage to buildings, has been discovered in homes in Dún Laoghaire and south Dublin. Minister of S(...)

Irish Water says the  changes announced last November “have had no net impact Irish Water’s total income”.   Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

The Government and Irish Water have both expressed strong confidence that the new water utility will pass the “market test” in April that upholds its (...)

A file photograph of volunteers preparing food and goody bags for distribution, at the annual Christmas Dinner organised by the Knights of  Columbanus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The number of meals served by organisers of the Christmas day dinner for the homeless at the RDS in Dublin has doubled in three years.Adrian King, cha(...)

Parkton Mews in Enniscorthy, which was on eof the estates inspected in 2014. Photograph: Housing Agency/Department of the Environment

Some 992 housing developments throughout the State remain unfinished, a reduction of almost two thirds on the 2010 figure of just under 3,000.Minister(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill.

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

A protester holds up a sign as   Minister for Environment Alan Kelly talks to reporters  at the end of the forum on homelessness which took place at the Custom House on Thursday. Photograph: The Irish Times/Dave Meehan

All homeless people sleeping on Dublin’s streets will be offered beds by Christmas, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said.He was speaking (...)

  Head of advocacy with Focus Ireland Mike Allen says what is needed now is a “persistent response not a panic response”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

When the results of the annual “winter rough sleeper count”were published, two weeks ago, there was barely a political murmur in response. Conducted o(...)

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