Homelessness

Songwriter Glen Hansard has accused the Government of behaving like Donald Trump in its handling of the homeless crisis.

The government’s housing policy has failed and should be torn up: Fr Peter McVerry

Leading homeless campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry, has said the government’s housing policy is failing and should be torn up.

#MyNameIs campaign announces national day of action on homelessness

There will be a national day of action on homelessness on Saturday, April 7, which will see wide-scale protests to highlight the crisis.

Celebrities and activists to hold singing protest against homelessness outside the Dáil today

Celebrities and activists are to hold a singing protest against homelessness outside the Dail today.

Peter McVerry Trust secures planning permission for 18 apartments in Dublin

Homeless charity The Peter McVerry Trust has secured planning permission for 18 apartments in Dublin city centre.

Government confirms over 3,600 social homes under construction

The Government has confirmed over 3,600 social homes are under construction.

Eoghan Murphy: Family homelessness stablised

Family homelessness appears to have stabilised in Dublin, the housing minister has said.

Solving the homeless crisis: The people's view

Reporter Roisin Burke took to the streets yesterday to find out what you had to say on the worsening homelessness crisis.

Homelessness: Where the streets have so much pain

Homelessness is a complex and multi-faceted issue. Roisin Burke speaks to those working on the front line in Cork about what needs to be done to alleviate the crisis.

Stranded driver who was helped by homeless man thanks him with new home

A homeless man who used his last $20  to fill up the car of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia has bought a home with some of the nearly $400,000 raised for him by the woman he helped.

Charity group plea to use Irish Water refund to help homeless

The public is being asked to redirect their Irish Water refund towards the homeless crisis.

Homeless man found dead in wealthy suburb

homeless man has died after being found unresponsive in a tent in one of the wealthiest parts of Dublin.

Emergency accommodation recreated in Dublin city centre

This is what it looks like to live in emergency accommodation.

Clonskeagh Mosque opening its doors to homeless people ahead of cold snap

Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin has announced it's opening its doors to homeless people ahead of an expected cold snap.

Bill to ban anti-homeless devices to be voted on today

A bill that would ban anti homeless devices is set to be voted on in the Oireachtas today.

184 people sleep rough in Dublin on November 7 - highest number since records began

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive says 80 of the rough sleepers were Irish, 53 were foreign while the reminder couldn't be identified.

Here are the details of the Cold Weather Initiative for homeless and rough sleepers

The Government has unveiled details of plans to provide 200 emergency beds for homeless individuals and rough sleepers as part of its Cold Weather Initiative.

Cabinet to reject bill forcing businesses to remove anti-homeless spikes

The Government is set to reject an opposition bill forcing businesses to remove anti-homeless spikes, bars, and sprinkling systems due to fears the changes would encourage people to “squat” outside buildings.

‘Homelessness crisis solved by 2019’ suggests Leo Varadkar

The Taoiseach has suggested that the homelessness crisis will be solved by 2019, when, he says, more houses will be built than are needed.

A rough time of it for the homeless

Despite the spin, the current level of homelessness in this country is not normal, writes Michael Clifford

Government can’t wish away the homeless crisis this Christmas

Government has zero legitimacy in criticising the commentary around housing, until real improvement can be shown, writes Alison O’Connor

Cork Simon director ‘shocked’ at homelessness comments

Comments by a local authority official, that homelessness takes “years of bad behaviour”, showed no awareness of the role trauma plays in people’s lives, according to the director of Cork Simon.

Make rough sleeping illegal and provide accommodation in state-owned properties - Mannix Flynn

A Dublin city councillor has called for rough sleeping to be made illegal.

Damien English: Media reports of homelessness crisis 'damaging to Ireland's international reputation'

The junior housing minister has accused the media of exaggerating the scale of the homelessness crisis.

Homeless people 'changing their underwear on Grafton Street'

It is claimed some homeless people are being forced to change their underwear on Grafton Street in Dublin.

Taoiseach's claim about 'low' rate of homelessness based on figures 'two years out of date'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's recent claim that Ireland's homelessness levels are "low" by international standards is based on two independent reports, one of whose Irish data is two years out of date and both of which specifically say international comparisons are questionable.

Latest: Leo Varadkar responds after 'highly insensitive' remarks on homelessness criticised

LATEST: Leo Varadkar has today referred to the homeless situation in Ireland as "a stain in our society".

Leo Varadkar claims Ireland's homelessness levels are 'low' by international standards

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has controversially claimed Ireland has a "low level of homelessness" by international standards, despite the national crisis seeing more than 3,000 children living without a home.

'The milk was constantly going off':Limerick homeless charity sees 55% increase in homeless children

The Limerick homeless charity Novas has helped 557 children last year, a record high.

Homelessness cost 'could be halved with less use of emergency accommodation'

The Peter McVerry Trust publishes its annual report today.

Christmas fundraising appeal for country's 8,400 homeless people

Our homeless crisis continues to deepen, with almost 8,400 people now without a home, a charity has warned.

Dublin City Council to spend extra €23m on fighting homelessness

Dublin City Council is to allocate an extra €23m next year to combat the homelessness crisis.

8,374 people, including 3,124 children, face Christmas in emergency accommodation according to new figures

The number of people accessing emergency accommodation increased last month.

Thousands gather in Phoenix Park to race against the homeless epidemic

Over 2,000 people turned out this morning for the Dublin Simon Community's Home Run.

'Focus must be on preventing homelessness', as number of homeless children tops 3,000 for first time

"We can only do so much…The Minister has to introduce the policies to prevent (these families) becoming homeless."

Latest: Minister says there are 'signs of progress' for homelessness crisis

Latest: The Housing Minister has said any one family in emergency accommodation is a family too many.

Simon Community reports reduction in health funding for larger number of homeless people

There has been a 10% reduction in health funding for homeless people since 2008, according to the Simon Community.

Centre reports major rise in numbers of homeless unable to access emergency accommodation

There has been an alarming increase in the number of homeless people having problems accessing emergency accommodation.

Unions call for local-authority led programme to generate 50,000 social housing units

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is calling on the Government to declare a housing emergency.

Latest: Dublin Councillor criticises plan to move homeless people to rural areas

Update 9.45am: A City Councillor has said that relocating homeless Dubliners to rural Ireland is not the solution to the housing crisis.

Latest: Housing Minister confronted by protestors who 'don't believe he can cope with homeless crisis'

Latest: The Government will announce immediate changes to their housing strategy later, according to the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.