President focuses on the homelessness crisis
President Michael D Higgins has highlighted the plight of refugees and the homeless in his annual Christmas address.
Mr Higgins said that people need to consider how serious the homeless issue has become here by looking at the story of Christmas.
He also said that, as a migrant nation, we are uniquely placed to understand the plight of refugees fleeing from Syria.
"As we reflect on the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus, on the plight of the homeless Joseph and Mary anticipating the birth of their child and how they were aided by complete strangers, we can perhaps draw inspiration from what they experienced for our own lives and times," said Mr Higgins.
"It is heartening to see how countless people in Ireland have chosen to respond with warmth and real hospitality," he added.