Dublin City Council had drafted its 2015 budget when the decision to exempt Irish Water from rates was made and had included a sum of €17.5 million in expected rates income on the water and drainage network

Invoice relates to city’s water and drainage network taken over by utility Irish Water

Derelict mews buildings at the rear of the Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Hiving off’ Georgian mews to sell separately to main buildings a ‘crime for the city’

Public consultation on plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin, from the Phoenix Park in the west to the Point Village in the east, ends on Friday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A two-way riverside route is among the four options set out for public consultation

Fine Gael Cllr Naoise O Muirí has been seeking safety measures on the cyclepath for the last two years following collisions where pedestrians were hurt. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Council remained concerned about number of ‘conflict points’ on proposed coastal path

Croke Villas: The Croke Park stadium director   said he wanted to “do what’s right for the people of Croke Villas”, who were living in “absolutely deplorable conditions”.    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister wants Croke Villas used for homeless families

Moore Street, Dublin. Some houses are scheduled for demolition to make way for a shopping centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Saving 13 houses in place of shopping centre could open council to compensation claims

Plans to refurbish the dilapidated O’Devaney Gardens flat complex to provide temporary accommodation for up to 400 homeless families living in hotels, have been scrapped by Dublin city councillors. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Labour councillors vote against Minister for Environment’s plans for O’Devaney Gardens

The complex at O’Devaney Gardens off North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Bringing the flats up to a habitable condition would cost €4.72m. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants flats to be used for homeless people

New building regulations came into force in February 2014. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Review geared to discover if building compliance standards are stopping development

 Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Roddy Doyle in Barrytown Meets MusicTown, a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Barrytown Trilogy’, at Vicar Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Festival celebrates the capital’s music scene including choruses from Handel’s ‘Messiah’

 Fianna Fáil has published a Bill to redevelop the Moore Street area of Dublin. Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of  the Bill was James Connolly Heron, great grandson of James Connolly; Fianna Fáil Dublin spokesman Senator Darragh O’Brien; Prionsias O’Raghallaigh, grandson of The Raghallaigh; and Patrick Cooney, founder of Save Moore Street Campaign. Photograph:  Conor McCabe.

Party says Government plan for National Monument doesn’t do justice to surrounding area

Bank of Ireland, Baggot Street: Was bought in 2006 by a consortium led by Derek Quinlan, Paddy Shovlin and hotelier brothers Anthony and Patrick Fitzpatrick for €212m

Protected structure was acquired in 2012 by beef magnate Larry Goodman for over €40m

Roller derby: the sport is relatively new in Ireland but is growing in popularity. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pobal concerned by weak performance and lack of information on future commitment

The rear of 30 North Great Frederick Street which is in danger of falling down. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Work under way to stabilise building once visited by James Joyce and Michael Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: has ordered a review of the building regulations because of what he said were “outlandish charges” being sought for inspections required under the new system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment says ‘outlandish charges’ sought for inspections under new system

Fr Peter McVerry: “The whole point why landlords won’t give rented accommodation to people on the rent allowance is because the rent allowance is too low.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Legislation to prevent discrimination of rent supplement tenants a ‘red herring’

Fr Peter McVerry SJ Director of the Peter McVerry Trust: “The refusal to increase the rent allowance means that that sector is shut off to homeless people and to others who are dependent on the rent supplement.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Homeless campaigner says private sector now ‘shut off’ to supplement dependants

The figures supplied to Dublin City Council show burglaries investigated by gardaí in Pearse Street, the State’s busiest Garda station, and Donnybrook in Dublin 4, increased by 30 per cent from the first quarter of 2014 to the same period in 2015.

83% increase in public order offences recorded and 30% jump in burglaries

Sunrise over Dalkey island. PegasusLife had sought permission to build six blocks of 57 apartments at Dalkey Manor a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Dalkey village

An Taisce said development was of an ‘unacceptably high density’

The baths, in use for more than 150 years, will not be reopened. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Artists’ studios, gallery and cafe instead of pool in refurbished Victorian building

Grangegorman squat: the site fell under the remit of Nama and is soon to be offered for sale through receivers Ernst & Young with a guide of €4.2 million. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mixed-use scheme with 220 apartments up to 11 storeys planned by Albion Properties

Dublin Fire Brigade was ‘not getting out’ of the ambulance service, Dublin City Council chief executive Brendan Kenny said yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

New central control centre could result in additional costs, says Dublin City Council

Plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin, from the Phoenix Park in the west to the Point Village in the east, are available to view at cycledublin.ie. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Four options available for Phoenix Park to Point Village path

Lambay Castle, parts of which are understood to date from 1467, was bought by the Baring banking family more than 110 years ago and has been in private use since

Baron Revelstoke wants to amend guest wing on Dublin island to attract ‘high-end’ visitors

Trader stalls on Moore Street:  The council has decided to go ahead with its improvement scheme. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Aim is to ‘bring order’ to markets where problems include vehicles and street cleaning

Fourth-generation trader Marie Cullen: “I think the council will be happier when we’re just gone.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Street left to slide into dereliction, say dismayed stall holders still exposed to elements

The Moore Street markets were once part of a labyrinth of outdoor fairs  which had operated in the north inner city for at least two centuries. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Council decides to modernise market area without delay due to urban deterioration

March 17th is Dublin’s least car-friendly day, with the St Patrick’s parade, festival and sports events meaning many  road closures and restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Events including All-Ireland Senior Club Championships in Croke Park to hit traffic

Teresa Ferreira and Miguel Gomes  from Oporto in Portugal dressed for the occasion on Sunday in Dublin  as the St Patrick’s Festival gets into full swing. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sunday’s showpiece in Dublin is the Big Day Out carnival in Merrion Square

Members of the public, residents’ associations and business representative groups have until March 31st to make their views known on the main litter problems, such as illegal dumping, dog fouling, abuse of litter bins, graffiti and illegal posters. Photograph: Alan Betson

Views wanted for new litter management plan which will be in force from 2016 to 2018

Grafton Street before the street was repaved.  Photo: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Work on Wicklow Street and Johnson Court due to start next month and be completed by late September

Dublin City Council intends to install CCTV along the route to deter anti-social behaviour and to fit lighting so the path can be used at night. Photograph: The Irish Times

European tour: Completed route will form Irish link for EuroVelo pathway to Russia

Silvia Brigada from Milan  but living in Dublin views  an original stained-glass artwork by Harry Clarke (which outraged the Irish government in 1930),   on display at  the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Naked woman artwork rejected by Irish government in 1930

Tenants could be living for €300 a month in Dublin 4, utility bills included, under expansion plans from Camelot Property Management. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

European property management company Camelot plans to expand operations in Ireland

Boarded-up flats at O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister Alan Kelly wants to house homeless families in 62 flats, councillors told

British developers PegasusLife propose to demolish Dalkey Manor and build six apartment blocks on an almost one-hectare site a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Dalkey village

Concerns raised by Department of Arts and Heritage

Dublin council offices:  council workers made claims for “needle-stick” injuries at work. Photograph: Scott Tallon Walker architects

Over 1,200 staff and public claimed for broken bones and face, back and needle injuries

The Derelict Sites Register was set up under legislation in 1990 to stop property owners from neglecting buildings and sites

Council is investigating 630 sites in city which could warrant inclusion on Derelict Sites Register

Derek Douglas, a painter with Dublin City Council, in the  fruit and vegetable market in the city centre which has received approval to be turned into a continental-style food market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Historic fruit and vegetable market will now offer continental-style food service

Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, Dublin, in 2011: it is the largest site on the list at 10 hectares. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

The 61 hectares of vacant or derelict land could be used for housing, shops and offices

The ESB offices from Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin

Five parties, including An Taisce, have appealed council decision to approve development

Irish Water managing director John Tierney: Why was Irish Water not highlighting this apparent conservation effect last November amid all the controversy over the introduction of water charges? Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish Water did not highlight the fall in water usage last October

Bewleys on Grafton Street: Plans for its redevelopment, costing more than €1 million, were lodged with Dublin City Council in recent weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Premises to reopen in six months but will trade on ground floor only with smaller offering

Minister for  Environment Alan Kelly: in October he announced developers would no longer be able to “buy their way out” of social housing obligations, but would be required to provide less social housing, at 10 per cent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Schemes get ahead of law stopping developers buying way out of social housing provision

 The council is to demolish all of the more than 300 flats in the complex, most of which are  empty, and to rebuild less housing on the site. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council to spend €12.5 million on social housing regeneration scheme

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin city centre. Two  councillors will not be asked to repay the costs of “excessive usage ” of council printing facilities to produce anti-water charge leaflets. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

PBP’s Tina MacVeigh and John Lyons printed some 140,000 anti-water charge leaflets

Figures obtained from Dublin City Council’s engineering department, but applying across Dublin region - which takes in one-third of the State’s population - show water usage was at its peak last September, which was to be the last month of free water. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

When charges were first to apply in October, use fell 20m litres daily in Dublin region

Social housing building schemes working to take people off city council’s housing list

Plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin city  will be available for public consultation from next week. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Segregated cycleway will run from Heuston rail station to Point Village

The GAA wants to use council-owned land to create a new main entrance to Croke Park (above, background) from Ballybough Road. The land is currently occupied by part of the Croke Villas estate, a 1960s flat complex on Sackville Avenue (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deal on stadium development agreed but requires approval of Minister for the Environment

Boland’s Mill: the concerns largely relate to the “architectural quality” of the new residential building, which planners say is not of the same standard as the two office blocks

Dublin City Council raises concerns about ‘architectural quality’ of project for historic site

The work is part of the Grafton Street Quarter Public Realm Plan published in October 2013, which envisages a €14 million investment over three years.

Council issuing tenders for repaving Chatham, Balfe and Harry Street

The Kilmore site, just east of the port tunnel entrance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Expressions of interest sought from investors and those in construction by Friday

Wholesalers aren’t opposed to the introduction of retail, said one trader, they are concerned because they think the council’s designs are ‘unworkable’

Council to spend €3m opening half of north inner city Victorian market to the public

More than one-third of revenues for retailers in Dublin city come from public transport users and walkers.

Car-based shoppers account for only €1 in every €5 spent in city, NTA research finds

The new path will be the first section of the planned Sutton to Sandycove cycleway to be built. Photograph: The Irish Times

Route to fill missing 2km of Dublin Bay path from Wooden Bridge to Causeway Road

The new menu will focus on serving hot drinks, baked items and cakes rather than hot food. Photograph: The Irish Times

140 staff to be made redundant and just 70 employees to be hired when cafe reopens

The Grand Canal near Harold’s Cross, where plans to build more than 200 apartments at the former St Clare’s convent and Bethany orphanage have been lodged with Dublin City Council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former St Clare’s convent sold last year

Four route options have been developed, three of which involve a two-way riverside path along the north quays of the Liffey

Segregated cycleway will run from Heuston rail station to Point Village

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive after Fr McVerry described the  Government’s social housing plans as ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Homelessness campaigner said Government’s housing plans are ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’

The retail market will aim to attract a range of food producers, including  greengrocers, serving goods to take home as well as to eat at the market.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Victorian fruit and vegetable market will have continental-style food outlets

The area under protection in Phibsborough village centres on the junction of the North Circular Road and Phibsborough Road, known as Doyle’s corner after the pub of the same name (above centre).  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Architectural Conservation Area status gives council legal basis to preserve buildings

 The Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020 includes a commitment to introduce a new scheme for the sale of social housing. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Tenant purchase discounts must not be reinstated, conference hears

Elderly tenants on Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list will next week begin moving into Fr Scully House, a complex of 99 apartments near Mountjoy Square. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Catholic Housing Aid Society will charge standard social housing rents to senior citizens

The five acts in contention to carry Ireland’s Eurovision hopes to Vienna this year for the song contest’s 60th anniversary have been announced by RTÉ and can be  heard for the first time on The Ray D’arcy Show on RTÉ Radio One. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five songs will be played for the first time today on Ray D’arcy show

An Irish tourist has died after being struck by a BMW SUV in a  hit-and-run incident in Florida in the United States. Photograph: Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Martin James O’Connor (36), Frenchpark Co Roscommon was drummer in Declan Nerney band

The Dublin Cycling Campaign is calling for the establishment of a working group co-ordinated by Dublin City Council to develop a scheme to reduce bike theft in the city. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Trinity college a ‘hot spot’ for bicycle theft, Dublin Cycling Campaign survey finds

A photograph added to Mannix Flynn’s Twitter feed shows  the right hand window smashed and graffiti on the left hand one and on the wall and door.

Vandalism and abusive graffiti believed to related to councillor’s stance on busking

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

Minister for Environment confirms discovery of mineral that can damage buildings

The bylaws for the first time regulate street performances in the city, requiring buskers to buy annual permits costing €30, or €60 for an amplifier, to perform on the streets

Bylaws regulate street performances, requiring buskers to buy annual permits

Numbers 9 and 10 Fitzwilliam Street Lower. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Longfield’s Hotel building was bought by Dublin City Council for €7m in 2007

 The front of the Printworks building at Dublin Castle which was refurbished and opened for Ireland’s hosting of the European presidency in 2013. Photograph: David Sleator

Conference organisers say problems with disability access could compromise safety

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: “Successfully tackling homelessness demands that a higher priority be afforded to homeless households.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ministers orders at least 50% of social housing in Dublin to be given to ‘vulnerable’

Unions representing transport workers have warned of industrial action if privatisation of bus routes goes ahead. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Government plans to open 10% of public bus routes to market despite union opposition

Fears that the opening of a homeless hostel on Fitzwilliam Street  would “negatively impact” the redevelopment of the ESB’s headquarters on the street (above) have been raised with  Dublin City Council. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Councillors to be asked to back development plan for Longfield’s Hotel on Fitzwilliam Street

ESB Headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street.. In the plans lodged by the company, parts of the development would have been seven storeys high, far taller than the surrounding Georgian houses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Redevelopment of Stephenson/Gibney building given go ahead by council

Alan Kelly: A spokesman for the department said Mr Kelly was incensed that Fr Scully House remained largely empty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ‘outraged’ State-funded scheme not in full use

Declan Burke and Catherine Donnelly at the launch of their books at the Sugar Club. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Writer and arts champion responsible for some of the best-known ads of past 40 years

Almost half of all homeowners who have mortgages with the Dublin City Council are in arrears, and half of those are behind in their payments for more than 12 months

Council to repossess 25 houses due to record levels of unpaid debts

Big Belly bin in Dalkey: they are fitted with solar-powered waste compactors which crush rubbish. Their large pull-down opening has been used by some residents to dump  household rubbish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

All 400 Big Belly litter bins to be retro-fitted to prevent dumping of household waste

Walford, an Edwardian house on an almost two acre site on  Shrewsbury Road in Dublin 4.

Walford on Shrewsbury Road Dublin was bought by developer Sean Dunne for €58 million in 2005

Maureen O’Sullivan: Accused the Coalition, Dublin City Council and the HSE of a “serious breach of duty of care” in undermining drug-free homeless accommodation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Recovering addict fears ‘somebody is going to die’ at YMCA building off Aungier Street

Dublin City Council is in the process of devising bylaws that will for the first time regulate street performances in the city, requiring buskers to buy annual permits. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council worker will be appointed to monitor noise

A religious statue at the O’Devaney Gardens flats complex, off North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Housing scheme dating from 1950s was largely demolished for regeneration

The  dilipidated Iveagh Markets on Francis Street, Dublin: Construction, being undertaken by Temple Bar hotelier and publican Martin Keane, is expected to start soon and finish in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish produce and crafts market, hotels and restaurants in plans by hotelier Martin Keane

Olivia Harte of Firhouse, Dublin, one of 13 new Irish Rail apprentices, at Inchicore Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

13 apprentice electricians, mechanics, fitters and welders taken on

Dublin Fire Brigade domestic charges and charges for attending the scene of car crashes came into force in January 2012

Payment rates by households and businesses slip in 2014

 Up to November last, 812 homes had been built in Dublin  city – the highest number to be completed since 2010. Photograph: Rui Vieira

Last year 812 homes were constructed in the city, the highest number since 2010

 A total of 397 homes were at various stages of completion in Dublin in November; of these 229 were apartments. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Former veterinary college site in Ballsbridge among more high-profile developments

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said about 1,000 more vacant houses and flats 
are to be renovatednext year, which would reduce the number of boarded-up units to the lowest levels possible
. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Almost one-third of refurbished flats and houses in €30m project were in Dublin

Senator David Norris  said Dublin City Council’s record in protecting historic buildings is “lamentable”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Action taken against historic building owners in 90 per cent of cases of concern about condition

The Wide Streets Commission was  responsible for much of the quays and the area around the Custom House

Ireland’s first planning authority, set up in the 18th century, changed face of Dublin

The decline of so many historic buildings on streets such as North Frederick Street (above) or Gardiner Place could in part be attributed to the fact that they were split into flats and their owners often did not care about the living conditions of their tenants, said Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council’s record of protection ‘lamentable’, says Independent Senator

The council also said it affords tenants every opportunity to avoid eviction. Tenants in arrears receive three warning letters and a phone call or visit to their home before an eviction notice. No action is then taken for six weeks during which time the tenant is again given an opportunity to enter into a payment arrangement.

Independent councillor criticises attitude to ‘chronic non-payment of rent’

In Dublin city’s priority development areas there is the potential for 5,400 homes, but the infrastructure cost is again high at about €6m. Photograph: The Irish Times

Almost half of units constrained by lack of infrastructure in Fingal, north Dublin

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and John Tierney of Irish Water at the Ringsend water treatement plant. A number of sites in Dublin need infrastructure controlled by Irish Water before they can be developed for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Investment by State of €240m needed in water, sewage, transport and electricity supply

The year opened with the news that the Dublin property market had turned a corner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The house price crash and negative equity crisis were all a bad dream – now we’re in another one

Duty, Vat and penalties of just over €34,355 on goods to the value of almost €50,000 was collected at Dublin and Shannon Airports from passengers on US flights from the November 1st up to three days before Christmas this year.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Significant rise in Vat, duty and penalties paid by passengers at Dublin and Shannon Airports

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO of the Rape Crisis Centre, outside 70 Leeson Street Lower, the centre’s home for 28 years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Centre has raised €1m to buy Leeson Street headquarters but estate agent is seeking €1.8m

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