Lone mothers, people with disabilities and young people are among those facing the highest levels of discrimination and inequality in relation to housing in Ireland, according to a new study.

The report by the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Economic Social Research Institute has been published today.

It looks at whether certain groups in Ireland experience higher levels of discrimination in accessing housing and whether they experience unequal housing outcomes.

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Lone parents are particularly disadvantaged according to the report, and young people aged between 18 and 34 are six times more likely to be discriminated against, compared to those aged over 65.

People with disabilities are more likely to live in poorer conditions, members of the Traveller community are the most at risk of being homeless, and non-EU nationals are found to be at a greater risk of overcrowding.

The study recommends policies aimed at addressing the problem of housing should direct their attention to these groups more explicitly.