Swimming in the Liffey.

Dublin council says a popular section of the river is suffering ‘microbial contamination’

Vehicles keep to one lane on the first day of  new traffic arrangements on  the Quays at Bachelors Walk, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Cars banned from right turn on to O’Connell Bridge at Bachelors Walk and lose lanes to buses

Some of the more than 500 new homes provided by Tuath Housing association in 2017. The apartments pictured here are in Dun Laoghaire.

More than 130 Túath social housing apartments provided in Dún Laoghaire

 O’Devaney Gardens flats, off North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Large-scale mixed-income housing scheme to provide 580 homes on derelict Dublin site

The Iveagh Markets site in the Liberties in  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hotelier Martin Keane’s planning permission – granted in 2007 – is running out

Luas Cross City tram testing. The city council last year announced its intention to turn the area in front of Bank of Ireland on College Green into a civic plaza, banning all traffic access to and from Dame Street. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Company calls on Bord Pleanála to halt bus ban it previously publicly supported

The proposed College Green civic space: plan would have “significant unintended consequences for millions of bus customers and implications for the quality of the civic design of the space”, according to Dublin Bus

Over 10m passengers to College Green would be ‘displaced’ each year if bus ban goes ahead

Monteco Holdings  was given permission to demolish the Ormond Hotel and redevelop a new hotel on the site.

Register has 70 vacant sites worth €220m which could help alleviate housing crisis

 The double bus lane installed on Bachelors Walk is due to come into effect along with other Dublin city centre traffic measures on Sunday, August 20th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cars banned from turning right from Bachelors Walk and lose lanes to buses

The Law Society of Ireland has already appealed the inclusion of its vacant site on Benburb Street to An Bord Pleanála. Photograph: Eric Luke

Register has 70 vacant sites worth €220m which could help alleviate housing crisis

Cherrywood is expected to be one of the largest beneficiaries of the Government’s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund  with more than €15 million allocated for roads in the zone. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans for 322 homes in Dublin submitted under fast-track planning scheme

Balnagowan House in Glasnevin is listed on Dublin city’s Record of Protected Structures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Balnagowan House, built around 1930, is one of Ireland’s first Art Deco homes

The National Transport Authority stresses the handover of 24 bus routes to Go-Ahead isn’t privatisation. The service would remain under NTA control, it would set fares and determine schedules, and the fleet would remain in State control. Photograph: Alan Betson

Successive ministers sought to hand over routes despite union fears of privatisation

British transport company Go-Ahead has secured a tender to take over 23 existing Dublin Bus routes and introduce one new service, running from Citywest to UCD. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Private operator Go-Ahead to run 24 bus services in suburbs that avoid city centre

The National Transport Authority (NTA) announced plans to overhaul the capital’s bus service with a reorganisation of existing routes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Private operator Go-Ahead to run bus routes in Dublin suburbs

The Government has set aside €140 million to secure 3,500 of the State’s 183,000 vacant homes for social housing by 2021 under its Repair and Leasing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

Simon Coveney had been confident initiative ‘can deliver up to 800 homes this year’

Dublin is home to more than 20,000  vacant houses.

Up to 800 houses were due to be provided for social housing by the end of this year

Pictures taken in emergency accommodation for homeless families illustrating typical foods consumed and storage/dining facilities. Photograph: Alan Neary, Focus Ireland

Chips, Coke, crisps and sweets are items most often consumed by homeless families

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview park, which are earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Historic trees to be felled for Dublin cycle route

Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland, said the report reflected the “enormous difficulties faced by the over 1,000 families that are homeless”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Lack of access to kitchen facilities leading to deterioration in children’s health

Dublin’s Hebrew graveyard on Fairview Strand was recently handed over to the care of Dublin City Council. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Ireland’s oldest Jewish cemetery has been handed over to Dublin City Council

Rapid-build modular homes on Balbutcher Lane in Ballymun, Dublin.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Three authorities will build fewer than 50 of the homes for homeless families this year

Trees along the roadway at Fairview with yellow ribbons. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Environmental and cycling groups oppose felling of Fairview Park trees planted in 1908

 Construction in Cherrywood, Co Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

South Dublin development risks losing €15m in funds in row over affordable homes

Members of Dublin Bus Ciaran Keogh, Craig Shearer and Theresa Lydon celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Bus only on road since 1987, when it split from CIÉ

Metal boxes located on College Green, Dublin, for the new Luas lines. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Campaigners criticise Luas Cross City’s 'collection of milk cartons' utility boxes

Opponents of the  Hell Fire Club development are concerned the natural habitat will be turned into a ‘concrete jungle’.

Visitor centre and cafe planned for South Dublin 18th-century hunting lodge

At nearly six hectares, and close the Phoenix Park, Heuston Station and the city centre, O’Devaney Gardens is seen as a prime site for housing development.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Redevelopment of dilapidated flat complex site in Dublin 7 was shelved in 2012

Recently completed rapid-build homes in Poppintree, Ballymun, in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

None of planned Rebuilding Ireland estates outside Ballymun have been completed

Rapid-build housing. Last November plans were  announced  to build  “stackable” apartments at two sites in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

New homes will be used for applicants for general social housing as well as homeless

Carrickmines Green: many in the estate of about 180 homes between Foxrock and Kilternan learned only this week of the extent of the fire safety defects in their blocks

Defects include inadequate fire stopping and smoke ventilation

The Carrickmines Green estate, where a number of defects have been identified including inadequate fire stopping, badly fitted fire doors and damp

Defects include absence of smoke seals , blocked outlets to smoke vents, inadequate smoke ventilation

Carrickmines Green: About 180 homes have now been finished, mostly apartments in four- and five- storey blocks, with a number of three-storey terraced houses.

Defects remain in original complex at Carrickmines Green despite repairs

Aldborough House in Portland Row, Dublin.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Derelict mansion was second-biggest private residence in Dublin, next to Leinster House

The largest hub, with 87 privately operated family rooms, will be opened at the Townhouse B&B on Gardiner Street in the city centre next month.

Half the hubs will be in former hotels and B&Bs and will have capacity for 518 families in total

Helen Cheevers with her baby Erik  outside their new home in Ballymun, one of 49 recently sold by Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance which is behind the new oversubscribed estate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scheme yet to receive planning permission and will take at least 18 months to finish

Clay Farm is just one of four sites in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area to secure government funding for major infrastructure work

Viscount Securities wants to build 571 apartments and 363 houses at Clay Farm

Sinn Féin Lord Mayor pf Dublin Mícheál MacDonncha at the announcement of a new sponsorship deal for Dublin Bikes with takeaway order firm Just Eat.Photograph: Naoise Culhane.

Assistant council chief says money will help to fund expansion of service around city

People enjoy the good weather in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

North Co Dublin seaside town faces a dessert shortage as a result of power cuts

Martin Deniau, Kate O’Neill, Mary Costelloe, Brendan Fagan, Michael Burns and Dublin City Cllr, Mannix Flynn, at the No To Bid campaign launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

54% voted for the company responsible for the city’s Christmas lights and promotions

The ‘mixed tenure’ developments have been designated for 50 per cent private homes, 30 per cent social housing and 20 per cent affordable housing. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

€600m development in Dublin cannot proceed until Government sets up scheme

Shane Ross: “If we build up these stadiums and we are a credible bidder, which we obviously are if we win this bid, I think the sky’s the limit.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Sky’s the limit,’ Minister for Sport tells Oireachtas committee on possibility of Dublin Olympics

 Minister for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross. File photograph: Collins

Ross hopes to publish Rio Olympics ticketing inquiry

The old towers of Ballymun: over the past two decades 36 blocks of 2,820 flats built in the 1960s, including seven 15-storey towers, have been demolished in area. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plan aims to provide affordable housing for sale and rent and better infrastructure

Unions representing Dublin City Council workers have criticised the use of Dublin Town  to provide additional street-cleaning services for the city. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions criticise local authority over Dublin Town’s provision of additional services

The proposal for Merrion Square was accepted in June of last year by Dublin City Council. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Philanthropist abandons plans for pavilion as charity says €1m cost ‘wasn’t feasible’

Helen Cheevers with her baby Erik outside her new home at Baile na Laochra, Ballymun, with Hugh Brennan of Ó Cualann co-housing alliance, and architect Joe Kennedy of Smith Kennedy Architects. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mortgage payments €1,000 less than renting, says new home owner

A new home at Baile na Laochra, Ballymun. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballymun scheme also features three-bedroom homes at 30% below market value

Cracking in a house at Avila Close, Finglas, caused by pyrite in the cement. Photograph: Frank Miller

Rehousing residents is increasing social housing waiting list, says Noeleen Reilly (SF)

A plague of flies of ‘biblical proportions’ has descended upon the south Dublin suburbs of Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown. File photograph: Hans Lang/Getty

Locals blame Poolbeg incinerator for infestation in Sandymount and Ringsend

The  I Bike Dublin protest on Andrew’s Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Bryan Meade

I Bike Dublin campaigners form human barrier to protect cycle lanes

Temple Bar is one of the places where  “Airbnb-style” lettings may be depriving the city of much-needed housing supply. Photograph: Fran Veale

‘Madness’ we are putting homeless in hotels and tourists in houses, says Patrick Costello

Refuse collectors working in Lucan in Dublin.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Call for waste regulator to be introduced and council to take back control of refuse services

Eoghan Murphy said it was “deeply regrettable” that the deadline of July 1st set by his predecessor Simon Coveney to end the use of hotels to house homeless families could not be met.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says attempts to meet deadlines could ‘sow the seeds’ of future crises

Artist’s impression of the proposed 88m skyscraper on Tara Street: Johnny Ronan sought the maximum height permitted and the planners turned him down.

Few buildings get quick go-ahead, but refusal of Ronan’s skyscraper raises questions

The Strategic Housing Development system gives effect to a commitment to fast-track decision-making for large-scale housing schemes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Developers could obtain permission from An Bord Pleanála before end of year

The 88m, 22-storey glass tower is set to dwarf everything around it.

Plans rejected on basis that 88m tower would “seriously injure” historic city core

 Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council, says the new National Planning Framework   fails to recognise the importance of Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council chief executive says ‘vital importance’ of capital must be recognised

In many cases, landlords could not afford to comply with the regulations and either left units vacant or sold the property. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Department of Housing has given no guidance documents on operation of standards

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: indicated this week  he was disposed to bringing bedsits back into use to address the housing crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Updated regulations improve fire safety and provide better protection against vermin

“Better transport infrastructure and more intelligent use of street space is in everyone’s interests.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Parking would create a buffer between cyclists and traffic on Fitzwilliam Cycle Route

Flooding in Dublin: firefighters and gardaí block off a submerged part of Wolfe Tone Quay in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wireless sensors to help save some of the €8m that flooding costs capital each year

One of the new speed limit signs on St Attracta Road, Cabra. Photograph: Olivia Kelly.

30km/h could apply throughout city council area from next year

 Minister for Transport  Shane Ross and National Transport Authority chief executive Anne Graham: the NTA wants to have bus lanes along  the full length of 17 routes. Photograph: Julien Behal

Precious road space will be needed to reach ambitious passenger number targets

The National Transport Authority (NTA) plans to overhaul the capital’s bus service. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The transport upgrade will ‘remove the current delays and uncertainties’ in bus service

 Most of the sites owned by  Dublin City  Council  are former flat complexes the council plans to redevelop such as O’Devaney Gardens, above,  and Dominick Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than €27m of sites owned by Dublin City Council

Grangegorman Villas in Dublin is included on the vacant site register.

HSE and OPW among six property-owners challenging the Dublin City Council index

The Vartry water treatment plant at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

150-year-old water treatment plant supplies more than 200,000 in Wicklow and Dublin

‘Steam blows’ at the new Poolbeg incinerator, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin facility prepares for ‘first fire of waste’ 20 years after original proposal

Grand Canal food market: the 16 stalls drew local office workers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Grand Canal residents and businesses complained about food stalls at Waterways Ireland event

Economist John FitzGerald has said a ‘profound pessimism’ nationally meant Ireland missed an opportunity to deal with the housing crisis at a much earlier date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John FitzGerald calls for local authorities to address regulatory constraints in the sector

The Peter McVerry Trust will run rooms for 11 families at a large house off the Malahide Road in the Fingal County Council area. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nine facilities across Dublin to be used as ‘family hub’ emergency accommodation

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has set a deadline of July 1st to end the use of commercial hotels for homeless families.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Nine ‘family hubs’ to take 380 families from hotels under mover by Simon Coveney

“It’s not that nothing is being built in the city, but they’ve either been small or they’ve been student complexes.” Photograph:Alan Betson

Head of housing says numbers reflect low level of general construction in the city

Dublin urban quarter: the lands are made up of the former Players Wills cigarette factory, the former Bailey Gibson packaging plant, and St Teresa’s Gardens

Development on SCR includes old Player Wills factory and St Teresa’s Gardens flats

The Tivoli Theatre in Dublin’s Liberties.

Owner wanted to replace the ‘illustrious’ Dublin venue with a six-storey aparthotel

Leinster house. The proposal to relocate Senators during  works caused controversy last year when it was publicly criticised by a former director of the museum, Pat Wallace, who said staff were “weeping” at the prospect

Permission also granted for relocation of Seanad to national museum during works

The site where a family hub will be built on Clonard Road in Crumlin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Crumlin building to be converted to ‘family hub’ as alternative hotel accommodation

Some 900 of the 3,500 apartments planned for the new urban quarter on Dublin’s Poolbeg peninsula will be used for social and affordable housing. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council secures housing deal with Simon Coveney, Nama and receivers

Dublin Port Company is currently renewing its master plan which will govern the development of the port until 2040. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Port Company says Poolbeg lands will be used for ‘core port purposes’

The building was split into two markets, a “dry” clothes market fronting on to Francis Street and a “wet market” to the rear. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Taisce call for action from Dublin City Council over Temple Bar hotelier Martin Keane’s stalled project

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney set a deadline of July 1st  to end the use of hotels as emergency accommodation for homeless families.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin City Council plans to offer permanent tenancies in ‘temporary’ rapid-build homes

Brigante Investments, a subsidiary of Tetrarch Capital, has sought permission to redevelop the site of the Moss Street flats. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Moss Street complex to make way for hotels and apartments

Dublin Bus buses at Conyngham Road:  “A lot of our bus routes date from, and are based on, the route of the old trams,” a spokesman for the National Transport Authority said.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Service to be overhauled rather than cut, National Transport Authority insists

Central Bank building on Dame Street: was bought last January by US real estate company Hines and Hong Kong investment firm Peterson Group in a deal worth €65m. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin City Council defers protection of Sam Stephenson structure to help developer

The Palestinian Flag flies over Dublin City Hall along side the tricolour and the flag of the European Union. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Flag will fly over city hall for one month as sign of solidarity

The Ormond Hotel: plans for a five-storey hotel with 121 bedrooms have been approved. Photograph: Dave Meehan

QPR owner Tony Fernandes to build new hotel on site linked with ‘Ulysses’

Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Photograph: Fran Veale

Census records a large number of unoccupied homes in one of State’s most affluent areas

Plans for the College Green Plaza will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in March.

Work on plaza will not begin until after trams start

Dublin City Council has agreed to fly the Palestinian flag above City Hall for the month of May. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Israeli ambassador wrote to council to say move would be ‘highly politically charged’

The relocation plans are being supported by the council planners, even though the new building breaks height rules for the site.

Council issues advice providing planning permission granted for building at St Vincent’s

Computer generated image of the proposed new College Green Plaza in Dublin.

Proposal for €10m pedestrian and cycle plaza with water jets submitted to planners

National Maternity Hospital: Due to the presence of existing taller buildings the council had determined that the application did not contravene the city development plan.

Proposed hospital at St Vincent’s breaches height regulations for Merrion area

The 88m, 22-storey glass tower is set to dwarf everything around it.

Its appearance will surely shock and outrage many, but it should not come as a surprise

Green light for cyclists: the latest stage of the Sutton to Sandycove cycleway opens in Clontarf. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A plan hatched in the early 1990s became bogged down in problems and objections

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Brendan Carr on the Clontarf Road for the opening the new cycle path. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

8.5km off-road cycle path from Clontarf to Sutton finished 25 years after work began

The former headquarters of the Central Bank in Dublin and Éamonn O’Doherty’s Crann an Óir sculpture are to be added to the city’s record of protected structures. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Golden ball’ sculpture outside Dublin headquarters also to be listed

Dublin Cycling Campaign is a ‘key stakeholder’ in the proposed cycle path along the Liffey from Heuston Station to the  3Arena. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liffey cycle route decision delayed until October

Councillors have delayed deciding on a route for the 6km Liffey Cycle Route, from Heuston Station to the 3Arena, until October. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Move dropped following opposition from business while decision on cycle route delayed

Home Sweet Home group has said it will give the €129,000 it has received in donations to ‘grass roots’ organisations and “sustainable projects”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Nearly €130,000 raised by group, which occupied Apollo House for homeless, not yet spent

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