Regeneration: new social housing near one of Ballymun’s old apartment blocks in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demolishing the high-rise towers of the Dublin housing complex took years, and replacing them has been a challenge. Now it’s time (...)

Asked why these public-private partnerships would work now when, less than 10 years ago they so catastrophically failed, Simon Coveney said the creation of a sustainable housing market was the solution. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Analysis: Exactly how new public-private schemes would work still unclear

Dolphin House flat complex, in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney approves the €25m development of Dolphin House flat complex

Homes being built at Thornwood Houses at Beaumont this year. Planning permission is in place for 26,886 homes in Dublin’s four local authority areas but only 4,809 are under construction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns raised at bypassing council planning process and lack of site-specific funds

A licence for the event was granted despite 2,500 locals signing a South Dublin Protect Our Parks petition that urged an end to large commercial concerts in the suburban park. Photograph: The Irish Times

Complaint of ‘awful line-up’ also made to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: South Dublin County Council has written to him and Minister for Transport Shane Ross asking them to “reinstate” the Dart Underground plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

New west Dublin suburb cannot be developed without a rail tunnel, says council

Aoife Thomas lifts her daughter Lily up to sign a book of condolences outside the French Embassy in Merrion Square, Dublin following the attack in Nice.

‘It was like something out of a movie... the truck flew by and then we started to run’

A Turkish national flag is seen next to the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Photograph: Reuters

‘F15 fighter jets were flying so low that they shook the entire building’

Conor Faughnan: “The AA does support 30km/h zones and Dublin city should have plenty of them, but when you use 30, it should be properly designed.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Widespread 30km/h limit would undermine road safety, says motoring lobby

The council is seeking suggestions on additional roads and streets which might be suitable for a 30km/h limit. FIle photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public views are being sought on the new speed proposals to be expanded to all residential roads

Fingal County Councillors today approved a proposal to extend a car park and provide a forest adventure facility at Malahide Demesne, which features Malahide Castle (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans involve five-hectare adventure facility and car park extension at noted amenity

Dublin City Council is set to fast-track the construction of the €30m project

Micheál Ó Nualláin pictured in 2013 at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Illustrator and designer was also art teacher and Department of Education inspector

An Irish man who has been homeless for the past 10 years, on Westmoreland Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Building new homes is the only way to tackle the crisis, housing committee chairman says

Sisters of Charity Convent on Gardiner Street: building is not listed on Dublin city’s Record of Protected Structures, despite being almost 200 years old and retaining many original features according the trust.

The 200-year-old building has recently been put on market and could be used for housing

A computer-generated image of the planned Poolbeg incinerator in Dublin.

US firm behind Dublin project did not meet emissions standards at Canadian plant

A view of the River Liffey in Dublin. Construction of a €17 million pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Liffey has been put on hold for at least 15 months because of uncertainty over the Dart Underground. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Dublin City Council suspends €17m project amid uncertainty over underground line

A rocky outcrop in Polignano a Mare, Puglia. Photograph: Getty

Tucked away in the far south of Italy, Puglia offers endless beaches, curious sights and delicious food and wine

Council chief executive Owen Keegan wanted to build a “consolidated depot ” at Marrowbone Lane that would become a centre for street cleaning and maintenance staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Rezoning decision could mean outsourcing of service, says council chief Owen Keegan

The houses range from €140,000-€150,000 for a two-bed, €160,000-€175,000 for a three-bed and €199,000-€214,000 for a four-bed. Photograph: Bloomberg

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance to build 49 houses, starting at €140,000 up to €199,000

Threats by Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan to outsource council cleaning and maintenance services are ‘outrageous’, councillors have said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Councillors and unions say privatisation of services should be resisted amid Dublin 8 row

A composite photograph of the proposed development of the Carlton site on O’Connell street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin complex with 110 retail units requires most of street’s east side to be demolished

Temple Bar, Dublin: a group called the Temple Bar Residents sought a declaration from the council that use of the two-bed apartment  for holiday lets was not exempt from planning permission. File photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin City Council decision over apartment in Crown Alley, Dublin, is ‘site specific’

A computer generated street view of the Hawkins House/Apollo House redevelopment from OPW and Nama receivers. From Butt Bridge

Office of Public Works and Nama-appointed receivers plan to build office ‘quarter’

Illustration from  Dublin City Council showing   proposed changes to College Green in Dublin. The council is seeking architects to design the new civic plaza, which will be closed to traffic from summer 2017 ahead of the start of operations of the Cross City Luas line in the autumn. File photograph:   Dublin City Council/PA Wire

Ex-minister for transport criticises issuing of tender just after public consultation closed

At 28m the maximum height for most of the city would be half the height of Liberty Hall (59m). File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Decision by councillors allows for building of blocks 5m taller than currently allowed in most of city

Owen Keegan CEO of Dublin City Council: wants to allow apartment blocks up to 28 metres tall  in “low-rise” areas of the city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin City Council CEO seeks apartments up to nine storeys in ‘low rise’ areas

Councillors have long opposed the development of a new motorway across Dublin Bay. Photograph: Frank Miller

National Transport Authority requires bypass provision as part of its 20-year strategy

Residents of more than 900 streets are to be given a dispensation  because their homes are unsuitable for bins. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 100 streets to lose bag collection rights

Merrion Square should be kept as a “peaceful place” Mr Flynn said, and not used for a commercial venture.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Philanthropist Norma Smurfit wants ‘Legacy’ pavilion – but some councillors object

 Owen Keegan: “Reducing the definition of ‘low-rise’ to the height of typical Georgian buildings . . . would have severe repercussions across the city.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Taller buildings needed to address housing crisis, argues chief executive Owen Keegan

Cycling along the south quays, in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Plans four years in making to be redesigned with cyclists using backstreets initially

College Green: Draft transport study included banning cars from this area. Photograph: The Irish Times

Business pressure enables motorists to stay on Bachelor’s Walk and George’s Quay

While three quarters of the 54,069 motorists clamped in the Dublin area in 2015 had not been clamped in the previous four years, 2,010 had been clamped between five and 50 times and two were clamped 54 times - an average of once every three or four weeks. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two Dublin drivers clamped 54 times each over four years

The 2015 traffic count shows record numbers of people using sustainable ways – walking, cycling and public transport – of travelling into Dublin. Photograph by Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 11,000 people cycle into the city each day, according Dublin City Council and NTA

New bylaws due to be presented to councillors this week, will see the 30km/h speed limit extended to almost all roads and streets as far as the city council’s boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities. FIle photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cycling group urges lowering of limits but AA says blanket reduction would be blunder

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , at the Annual Garda Memorial Day for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Remembrance medal presented to wife of Garda Tony Golden

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the Poolbeg development had the potential to rival the great housing projects of the 1930s. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Just 300 of 3,000 homes are now earmarked for social housing

Dublin City Council has been developing plans for a segregated cycle route along the river since 2012

Blunder that sent buses through a building forces part of cycle path away from riverside

Following an 18-month review, Dublin City Council plans a radical expansion of the 30km/h speed limit to almost all roads and streets as far as its boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New proposals will expand restrictions throughout city centre and some suburbs

The Poolbeg chimneys emerging from sea fog on Sandymount Strand. With the recovery and the housing shortage, attention is once again turning to Poolbeg as a solution to Dublin’s needs

The time is finally right for a new urban quarter on the peninsula

The former Irish Glass Bottle Company site, at Ringsend, Co Dublin which is controlled by Nama. Photograph: The Irish Times

Vast site, one of the largest vacant plots in the city, will be used predominantly for housing

Computer generated image of proposed sign outside US Embassy on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

Cycle service could be reduced if panels in Donnybrook and Ballsbridge are not allowed

 Michael Noonan: would favour putting “money in the pockets of purchasers rather than in the pockets of builders”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance rejects VAT cut for builders, favouring 13.5% tax credit for buyers

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

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