Campaigners join forces to call for urgent housing action

Hundreds of people rallied in Cork tonight demanding radical action to address the housing crisis as new figures showed that 400 new homes could be developed in vacant upper floors in the heart of the city.

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Demonstrators to gather in Dublin over homelessness crisis

Today's mobilisation will be followed by similar protests across the country.

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Reader's Blog: Children in shelters because of bank debt

Vulture funds and private (which citizens bailed out) banks sell indebted mortgages and pursue families, in a manner no way easy to differentiate from medieval church torturers, stretching embattled families on the fiscal rack, breaking them on the Catherine wheel of ghastly personal mortgage debt, then moving on to other loan bundles containing, inevitably, more terribly distressed families in private mortgage debt.

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National shame as homelessness crisis escalates

Anyone living in or visiting Dublin will have become depressingly familiar with the sight of hundreds of people lying at night in sleeping bags along the capital’s main streets.

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Cork Simon Community: Homeless figures 'worst' in 50 years

New homeless figures are the “worst ever” in the 50 years of the Simon Community according to the director of the Cork Simon Community.

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Peter McVerry Trust to open new-build house scheme in Dublin

The scheme will cater for people with a long history of homelessness or acute support needs.

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Homeless figures reach record high of almost 10,000 in January

A record number of 9,987 people were homeless in January, including 3,624 children.

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Readers' Blog: The ‘House of God’ can be a literal home for others

In January, a homeless woman named Rosemary Hughes, who has only 10% vision and who has a guide dog, spoke of how she thought that churches could accommodate homeless people at night (ironically, she met the Pope last year).

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Improvement needed as Ireland lags behind on targeting poverty, inequality and climate change

More accurate ways of measuring data have revealed how this country lags behind in a number of key targets, including poverty, inequality, and climate change, writes Catherine Kavanagh.

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Number of families entering emergency accommodation drops after change of housing policy

The number of families entering emergency accommodation in Dublin dropped last year.

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Housing comments send out a deadening message to the needy

Fergus Finlay thinks that Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council chief executive, appears to have stopped caring about the housing crisis.

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'If we want to cut numbers, then cut the service' - City Council CEO defends homelessness comments

Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive, Owen Keegan, has defended comments he made at the weekend in which he said that homeless numbers would drop if homeless services were cut, writes Vivienne Clarke.

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Homelessness groups accuse Govt of 'victim blaming' people who reject social housing

Groups representing the homeless are accusing the Government of victim blaming following proposals to penalise families who turn down social housing.

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Man dies in Dublin homeless service unit

A man died at a homeless service in Dublin last night, the Inner City Helping Homeless have announced.

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Supports to help ‘trapped’ homeless

Measures to assist homeless people, with mental health and addiction problems, to move out of emergency accommodation will be brought to Cabinet next week.

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Homeless vets - Leave no one behind

Army life comes full of mottos referencing bravery, unity, strength and sacrifice — all serving as rallying cries when conditions are tough, responsibilities formidable and outcomes uncertain. There is none better known than the universal pledge of ‘no man left behind’.

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Young people are being forgotten in the homeless crisis - group

People who experience homelessness at a young age are at a real risk of experiencing it long term.

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Charity claims man 'evicted' from emergency accommodation during cold snap for photographing empty beds

A homelessness charity has claimed that a homeless man has been asked to leave a state run emergency accommodation unit after he released photographs of empty beds in the facility during the cold snap last week.

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Single people make up majority of those seeking housing in East Cork

The number of single people in the East Cork region seeking one-bed local authority housing has outstripped those seeking larger homes.

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A Nordic model for the homeless

Governments cannot solve all of the problems that take people from their own homes to sleeping bags, blankets, and cardboard tents in doorways on city streets, an all too familiar sight now not only in Cork and Dublin, but also across Europe.

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City Council denies turning people away since they took over Cork homeless services

Cork City Council has rejected suggestions that it has reduced homeless services in Cork city.

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Short-term decline in numbers but homeless crisis getting worse, says Focus Ireland

A housing charity says the long-term trend shows that the homeless crisis is getting worse.

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Govt accused of breaking promise that no homeless will sleep rough during deep freeze

The Government has been accused of breaking its promise to ensure no homeless person will sleep rough during this week's deep freeze after it was claimed 86 people were left on Dublin streets on Tuesday night.

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Mortality rates up to 10 times higher for homeless people

Mortality rates are three to 10 times higher among homeless men and six to 10 times higher among homeless women compared to the general population.

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More than a quarter of primary schools teach homeless children

The Irish Primary Principals' Network has said 27% of primary schools have children in their school that are homeless.

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Homeless families in Dublin forced to go to Garda stations outside office hours to avail of services

It has emerged that families who present as homeless, outside office hours, have been told by Dublin City Council to register at a Garda station before they can avail of services.

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Mary-Lou McDonald accuses Taoiseach of 'normalising child homelessness'

The Taoiseach has been accused of "normalising child homelessness" after being questioned on the more than 800 children who were discharged from Temple Street Hospital with no fixed address.

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Temple Street sees 29% more children discharged into homelessness

One of the country's main children's hospitals says there has been a 29 percent increase in the numbers of patients being discharged into homelessness.

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Resolving the housing crisis: Raise the limits

Government efforts to resolve the housing crisis remain unequal to the great challenge so solutions, or at least part of the solution, must come from outside of Official Ireland.

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Homeless Cork mother speaks about the stress of raising her kids in a hotel

Laura O’Mahony spoke honestly on the Neil Prendeville show on Cork’s RedFM opening her door to the radio presenter.

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Number of families registered as homeless in South Dublin County Council up over 50% this month

Figures released to Social Democrats councillor Dermot Looney reveal there are now 298 families on the council's books.

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How one man's street tours were a path out of homelessness

Dublin’s streets became all too familiar for Derek Maguire after he became homeless — but now he’s back on his feet, using that knowledge as a tour guide, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Reader's Blog: Another night on the concrete streets of Cork City

Four cans of cold lager stood flatly on the window sill. The man with the blue coat and haunted eyes stood guard over them like trophies.

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Council to close homeless centre for women after locals complain

Dublin's only dedicated homeless service for women will close this year after complaints from local residents.

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Taoiseach says housing ‘easily the biggest challenge’ for Government in 2018

The Government has come under intense scrutiny in the last year as the number of homeless people in Ireland reached a record high.

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Focus Ireland report: Family homelessness at 'unprecedented' levels

The report shows that there are 9,968 people homeless across the country with two-thirds of these in the Dublin Region.

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Work nearly complete on 31-bed Dublin City Centre development, Focus Ireland say

The charity says the homes have been allocated to couples, individuals and families as part of its strategy to help tackle the homeless crisis.

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Almost 10,000 people spending Christmas in emergency accommodation

Many people will be forced to stay in hotels and B&Bs this festive period.

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Build more houses, not hostels, says campaigner as 4,000 children set to spend Christmas homeless

Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry says the Government should be building more homes not hostels to address the homeless crisis.

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Over 100 people slept rough in Dublin last night, charity reveals

Inner City Helping Homeless says its outreach teams helped 106 people over the course of the night.

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'It'll probably keep climbing' - Housing charity on rising homeless figures

A housing charity has expressed its disappointment at the continued rise in the number of homeless people.

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Almost 10,000 people to be homeless for Christmas

Just shy of 10,000 people are likely to be homeless for Christmas after new figures showed an increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation - the highest ever tally for the festive season.

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Book club raises €40k for homeless charity thanks to €5k donation from generous Dublin author

An online appeal to raise €5,000 for a homeless charity has seen members of Ireland's biggest book club raise over €40,000 in five weeks.

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Homeless deaths ‘increase by 24% over five years’ in UK

Life expectancy for the homeless is nearly half that for people in stable housing.

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Homeless man 'absolutely devastated' after shipping container demolished in Wicklow

Concerns have been raised after a shipping container used to house a homeless man in Greystones Co. Wicklow was demolished.

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Ex-boxer and footballer hails response to opening gym up to homeless people

Curtis Woodhouse says messages of support and offers of help have ‘restored my faith in the human race’.

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Charity single released in aid of Inner City Helping Homeless

A new single is being released today asking Ireland to make the homeless their number one priority this Christmas.

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Changes to how homeless figures are monitored causing 'a lot of confusion'

Around a quarter of homeless parents are aged between 18 and 24.

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'We should never accept that homelessness is normal' - Simon Communities issue annual report

The homeless charity's annual report shows there's been a two-thirds increase in demand for its services between 2015 and 2017.

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Homeless crisis takes centre stage

A new play in aid of Cork Penny Dinners has been informed by real stories of life on the streets. writes Colette Sheridan

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SVP make appeal to the public during the biggest annual fundraiser

Saint Vincent de Paul is appealing to the public to help it raise funds and awareness during its biggest fundraiser of the year.

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A cut above the rest: Cork salon offers helping hand to the homeless

Having a haircut is often an emotional experience for a long-time homeless person. When life is about surviving the elements, having your hair washed and styled can have a benefit to your spirit which far outweighs how you look in the salon mirror.

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'I have nowhere to stay': Four-year-old's heartbreak at thought of another homeless Christmas

The video was posted on Facebook where it has racked up more than 167,000 views with many people blaming the Government for Leanne’s situation.

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'You can see how the harshness of poverty has got to them': Penny Dinners feeding 2,000 a week

A charity which feeds the homeless in Cork is providing up to 2,000 dinners a week up from a figure of just 80 to 100 in the Celtic Tiger years.

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Homeless women in Northern Ireland dying 40 years early, Human Rights Commission warns

Chief Commissioner Les Allamby said the Government was not meeting its human rights obligations.

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#FillALuas: Homeless charity hoping to break Christmas shoebox record

The annual #FillALuas event is underway at Connolly Station in Dublin this morning.

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Growing homelessness crisis: Two key factors need addressing

Almost one-third of all calls to the housing charity Threshold last year were from tenants faced with losing their home.

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Housing Minister denies homeless people are being kicked out of hotels for Christmas

Eoghan Murphy says it is scaremongering to suggest it is happening across the board.

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Taoiseach condemned by Sinn Fein over rising rents and homelessness

Leo Varadkar hit back at Mary-Lou McDonald by claiming if she cared about homeless, her party would tackle it in Derry where they have power.

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