Artist Robert Ballagh was among the recipients of the 2016 awards. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Recipients include Justice for the Forgotten and Gay and Lesbian Equality Network

The remains of the toilets at College Green with Bank of Ireland in the background. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No fixed public toilets in city after clause in bike scheme dropped from final draft

Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, where Dublin City Council have displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter in the lane . Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Expansion of CCTV surveillance system seen as solution to the problem of illegal dumping

Some rubbish is making it into the appropriate bins - but of a lot of it is not, in certain areas, and is casually being dumped. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin City Council head of waste management says fly-tippers ‘just bad citizens’

Dublin’s new tenant-purchase scheme, which took effect from January but is only now becoming operational, offers discounts of up to twice those offered under the last scheme. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

One-bed tenants and single people in larger homes excluded from purchase scheme

 Focus groups mentioned that they would like to see cafes and restaurants on Moore Street, Dublin Town chief executive Richard Guiney said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business groups want to encourage people to remain north of Liffey after shops close

National Transport Authority to fund study in the city’s south Georgian core

The council wants to increase the fee to €25 this year and €30 next year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Funding plan may mean advertising screens erected in College Green to fuel expansion

Derelict Sites Register allows the council to take action against property owners. Photograph: Getty Images

Coucil lists over 280 sites in centre city which could be developed but left unused in 2015

Cyclists and cycle lobby groups frequently complain about cars parking in bike lanes forcing cyclists out into traffic, and the danger caused by drivers and passengers opening doors in front of oncoming cyclists. Photograph:Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Regular commuters into the city complain of poorly maintained surfaces and badly designed cycle lanes

Opened in 1923, the Stella had the capacity to hold 1,283 cinema-goers. Now being sold, it also boasted a ballroom and was the hub of the social scene in the southeast inner city.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Cinema dating to 1923 has period features such as ornate ceiling, proscenium theatre arch

Up to April 1st this year, 105 homes had been built or acquired by Dublin City Council and the not-for profit housing sector. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Council given target of providing 3,347 homes in three year period up to end of 2017

Bernard McNamara: The Dublin Docklands Development Authority and the receiver to his company, Gendsong, last year offered €2.5m to the residents to part-fund the work. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Developer Bernard McNamara may remedy fire-safety defects at no cost to residents

Irish Planning Institute president Deirdre Fallon: independence essential to ensure “planning mistakes of the past” are not repeated

Full minister for housing should be a priority, conference told

Dublin City Council on Tuesday presented plans to local councillors for the demolition of the last four remaining blocks of O’Devaney Gardens  flats, fully clearing the  site to make way for a new development of some 400 homes. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Just 11 flats remain occupied in complex but residents say little maintenance carried out

An artist’s impression Dublin City Centre around the Dame Street area showing the pedestrian space in front of Trinity College if Dublin City Council’s plans for College Green go ahead.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce says public transport network must not be compromised

O’Devaney Gardens, off the North Circular Road, Dublin. The photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Building programme is authority’s most ambitious since the regeneration of Ballymun

 Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, in Dublin, where Dublin City Council displayed a poster with CCTV images of people caught dumping litter in the lane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner contacts Dublin City Council over litter poster

An artist’s impression of the plans for the pedestrianisation of College Green in Dublin.

New civic plaza to be in place by June 2017

 Construction under way at Pelletstown, between the River Tolka and the Royal Canal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Infrastructure not sufficient to sustain further development, residents claim

The last remaining  blocks of flats at O’Devaney Gardens, off North Circular Road, Dublin, are to be demolished. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

O’Devaney Gardens to be redeveloped eight years after the collapse of McNamara deal

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for the Environment has ‘open-door policy’, says spokesman

 Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, where Dublin City Council has displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter in the lane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says that within day of poster going up last week, street was clear

In a statement Dublin City Council said it had had an arrangement with the bank for the temporary erection of the banner.

Banner featured politicians who died before the Rising and one who opposed it

A CGI issued in 2015 of what College Green in Dublin could look like with Luas Cross City in place.

Major pedestrian and cyclist plaza proposed by Dublin City Council

Developing the Luas tram network is the core of the plan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Transport Authority unveils 20-year strategy for greater Dublin

Dublin City Council had offered to remove the controversial banner at College Green, but councillors failed to  meet deadline for vote on issue

Banner features Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond

Members of the Save Moore Street 2016 campaign march to the office of the Minister for  Heritage  Heather Humphreys in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin City Council agrees plans for 1916 battlefield site declared a national monument

The Ormond Hotel on Ormond Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Property’s owners launch fresh attempt to redevelop prominent quayside site

Computer-generated image of the 73m Exo building which will be built facing the East Link Bridge in Dublin’s docklands

Permission granted for 73 metre €80m Nama-funded Exo structure at Point Village

Liffey Valley shopping centre in Dublin. File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Proposed redevelopment would include an Olympic-size ice rink

Flowers and messages of sympathy laid at Ashington estate, Dublin, close to the scene where the bodies of Sean Sweeney, who was in his 30s, and his three-year-old son Tyler Joyce were found. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí treating deaths of Sean Sweeney (36) and Tyler Joyce (3) as a tragic accident

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said it was a real shame that an act of goodwill was not forthcoming from the drivers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is a shame an act of goodwill was not forthcoming, Minister says

Siptu  officials at the Luas depot at the Red Cow in Dublin following a ballot of tram drivers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Staff to halt services on the Dublin light rail system in dispute over pay and conditions

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at  the Balbutcher Lane modular housing site in early February. The ‘rapid build’ homes are running behind schedule. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says 22 Ballymun homes will not be ready until the middle of May

Dublin City Council’s Team Dublin Clean Up will see community groups and members of the public picking up litter from 11am-1pm around the city. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Initiative inspired by Limerick plan hatched by Paul O’Connell and JP McManus

Túath has bought all 68 houses and apartments at the An Riasc estate in Finglas and all 49 at the Thornwood estate in Beaumont.

117 families from Dublin waiting list will be accommodated in Finglas and Beaumont

Fr Scully House on Gardiner Street, near Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic housing body criticised over proposed increase in rates at Fr Scully House

Paddy the rat snake is recovering after a fall from a ceiling at a Dublin house

One day after St Patrick’s day, ‘Paddy’ the 5ft rat snake catches homeowner by surprise

Getting ready for the parade: Charlie Jacob and Seán O’Sullivan of Spraoi Street Art Spectacle putting the finishing touches on arrangements for St Patrick’s Day, watched by Seán Leahy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Luas to run for Dublin event as thousands expected to watch parade in capital

The Custom House became an army base during Easter week. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An exhibition details events of Easter week 1916 when building was occupied by British

Participants in the St Patrick’s Day parade in central London on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Vibrantly themed pageants will draw people on to streets of main cities

Moore Street, Dublin: various buildings on the street are the subject of a High Court action taken on behalf of the 1916 Relatives Association. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin City Council to engage consultants to assess five buildings due to be demolished

The waste water treatment plant at Ringsend: It improved water quality in Dublin Bay substantially but did not meet the EU waste water treatment directive standard.

Dealing with the capital’s effluent output has involved shovelling good money after bad

Ringsend treatment plant pictured in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Construction work expected to start in 2017 and be completed in two phases by mid-2020

Computer generated image showing a Metro North train arriving at Swords station. Two Dublin local authorities are to begin the process of refunding almost €20 million received in development levies for the scrapped rail line.

Dublin councils will begin to repay development contributions for scrapped rail line

An example of modular Housing in Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council sets deadline as part of new tender for houses for homeless families

Longboat Quay apartment complex in the Dublin docklands. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin apartment complex is the subject of a dispute over fire-safety defects

Plans were announced last June for “rapid build” prefabricated houses on vacant council land for families living in emergency accommodation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tenders for 131 houses for homeless families cancelled due to ‘insufficient applicants’

Inspection exposes broken toilets and sinks, faulty electrics as well as broken windows

Modular house on show at Dublin local authorities Modular Housing Demonstration Project in Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance eyes 49 homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms

Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge: In the area there are eight to 10 residents for every tree. In Dublin 8 there are 30 per street tree and in Dublin 1 there are 130 per tree, rising to almost 200 in Ballybough. Photograph: Fran Veale

Redrawing Dublin study notes striking disparity between leafy locales and gritty areas

Denis Naughten, Independent TD

Roscommon-Galway: First TD elected of three

Independent Michael Fitzmaurice

Roscommon-Galway: Second TD elected of three

Josepha Madigan

Dublin Rathdown: Second TD elected of three

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Rathdown: Third TD elected of three

 Shane Ross. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Rathdown: First TD elected of three

Independent candidate Shane Ross celebrates being elected in the Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was the first TD elected in the State in the general election. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael newcomer Josepha Madigan joined by poll topper Shane Ross and Catherine Martin

Artist’s impression of the Northumberland Square redevelopment following the Salvation Army Hall demolition

Distinctive Salvation Army building on Abbey Street will also be demolished

New register will for the first time make the details of vacant sites, including private and State-owned lands, available to the public. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 60 hectares of vacant land, spread across 280 sites, recorded in Dublin city

“Dún Laoghaire harbour should focus on the niche market of small cruise ships and leave the super-sized cruise liners to Dublin Port,” said TD Richard Boyd Barrett. Photograph: Eric Luke

Councillors still to decide on move to limit size of vessels that can enter the harbour

The  Screen cinema,  on the corner of Hawkins Street and Townsend Street. Its bronze usher statue has already been removed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parent company IMC will move staff to Savoy, but redundancy package withdrawn

Dublin City Council bought Dalymount Park from  Bohemians football club for €3.8 million last year. File photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dublin City Council proposes to develop site along with Phibsborough shopping centre

Developers Pat Crean  and Greg Kavanagh  sought permission to build 107 houses and 274 apartments on former playing fields of St Paul’s College in Raheny, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Some 380 houses and apartments sought for lands adjoining St Anne’s Park

Poolbeg peninsula: More than a decade ago Dublin City Council produced plans for regenerating the industrial lands at the southeast end of the city for housing. Photograph: The Irish Times/Bryan O’Brien

State-owned company urges Dublin City Council to alter city development plan

The sea wall under construction opposite Bull Island nature sanctuary on the Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Residents opposed to construction opposite nature sanctuary as part of a €5m cycle path

In its pre-election wishlist, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is calling for a Government policy on architecture. File photograph: Getty Images

Institute calls for appointment of architects to have responsibility for groups of towns

The cranes may be back on the Dublin skyline, but will it mean more residential units for sale? Photograph: Alan Betson

Changes are aimed at bringing down apartment construction costs

The number of people on the social housing waiting list has increased by almost 1,400 in just six months

Housing allocated to just over 1,000 families and individuals last year

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with Labour’s John Lyons. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Over 1,000 homes are under construction in city, three-quarters of which are apartments

 Gardai at the scene of a shooting at Poplar Row , North Strand , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Crowd of 50 gather at Poplar Row across from apartment block where man killed

Artists’ impression of the latest plans for  pedestrianisation of College Green in Dublin, from the perspective of the front of Trinity College Dublin. Illustration: Dublin City Council

No vehicles to cross College Green towards or from Dame Street under changes

 Green Party  leader  Eamon Ryan with  Ian Noel Smith, Ciarán Cuffe  and  Claire Byrne, taking part in a “vacant sites cycle” on City Quay  to highlight the volume of derelict, abandoned and unused property in the city centre.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan says lack of new homes in capital shows need for stronger powers

An published Department of Environment  report identified a “virtual collapse” in apartment building in Dublin, “with on-going commencement figures indicating further declines rather than a badly needed increase”. Above: an apartment block in Ballsbridge. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Local authority restrictions made building apartments unviable, says report

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly (c) at a housing development in Glasnevin, Dublin. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Only 15 developments across Dublin have properties available for less than €300,000

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly  at the Fold Ireland housing project  in Finglas on January 26th, 2016 with  Cathy Norris (left), housing officer, Fold Ireland and resident Hilda Hickey Wrenn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment ‘flummoxed’ by negative reaction to new regulations

The Government’s Social Housing 2020 Strategy aims to provide 110,000 homes. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly says number will be increased to 17,000 this year

Last month, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly issued Planning Guidelines on Design Standards for New Apartments that reduced the minimum size of apartments that could be built in Dublin and elsewhere. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Ibec’s property division says it called for working models to test Government guidelines

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly said he was issuing the Planning Guidelines on Design Standards for New Apartments to kickstart apartment development and improve the affordability of housing in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

‘Not possible’ to design apartments to new minimum sizes as smaller rooms won’t fit

A reinforced steel joist is exposed above the  Brú Aimsir emergency hostel entrance, from which the masonry collapsed on Thursday.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Passersby say piece of stone facade fell from above Brú Aimsir hostel into Thomas Street

The scheme proposed by IDV Developments will provide 43 three-to-four bedroom houses, 76 apartments and 12 duplexes, as well as a cafe and crèche. Library photograph: Thinkstock

IDV Developments scheme is on two-hectare site facing Botanic Road in Glasnevin

TCD’s Oisín House is currently leased to the Department of Social Protection

Dublin City Council concerned about height of development

Pyrite damage at a house in Finglas, Co Dublin. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dublin council faces costs in excess of €7m over structural issues in social housing

Dublin City Council is considering plans for a 2 per cent tax on hotel stays in Dublin, similar to taxes applied in other European and some US cities, that would be paid directly to the council - not central government.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council mulls plans for 2% tax on hotel stays in city to be paid directly to it

Pyrite damage to a house in Finglas, Co Dublin.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Severe structural issues recorded in nine estates across the city due to mineral

The Dún Laoghaire baths are among the projects that will benefit from a new EU fund for Irish urban regeneration projects. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nineteen towns and cities are to receive money under regeneration programme

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald had appealed to An Bord Pleanála not to approve a new development in west Dublin.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála rejects development near Adamstown due to its size and ‘poor quality’

A room in 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says he will not fund development if it is not called the ‘Tenement Museum’

Suggested projects to ease flooding include dredging and engineering works. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Taoiseach to meet State agencies to discuss protection of 66 towns along river

The Government considers large-scale deployment of the Defence Forces, Coast Guard and Civil Defence. Photograph: Eric Luke

Simon Harris says saving homes should ‘trump’ EU rules on protecting wildlife

A placard erected by campaign group Afri sits in a flooded field on the Roscommon side of Athlone last week. Photograph: Dave Donnellan

Relocating to higher ground can only be ‘a measure of last resort’, says climate expert

Local people  are working relentlessly to maintain defences to stop flooding on the closed main Galway to Limerick road from entering houses at Labane, above, January 1st, 2016. The area can be bypassed a short distance from the flooded road. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

High intensity rainfall due in places ahead of ‘a good deal cooler’ weather next week

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

President and Taoiseach to lead flag-raising ceremony at Dublin Castle

The  functions of the new authority will include setting priorities and performance targets for the Garda

Independent authority will oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána

Scriptwriter Wesley Burrowes has died at the age of 85. File photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Playwright and screenwriter ‘the master’ of television drama, says RTÉ director-general

The number of fatalities on Irish roads this month has made it one of the worst Decembers on record. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Death brings to nine the number killed on Irish roads since December 23rd

Darren Kearns (34), had just left the Phoenix Chinese restaurant above Cumiskey’s pub (above) on Blackhorse Avenue,   when he was shot dead on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Darren Kearns had just left restaurant when suspected gangland-related attack mounted

A building on North Great Frederick Street in Dublin is treated by workers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council says it has been ‘too deferential’ and ‘unduly tolerant’ of run down buildings

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. “I don’t think we’ve been proactive. I think we’ve been too deferential to landlords if they come in and they cut the weeds.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Land levy won’t come into force until 2019, but chief executive says time to act is now

An artist’s impression of the proposed changes to the College Green area. Photograph: Dublin City Council

Company argues restoration of Dawson Street turn crucial for service

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