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

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

Frances Fitzgerald describes Poplar Row incident as a ‘deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals’

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

Images issued by Dublin City Council showing illustrations of proposed changes to College Green in Dublin. Photograph:  Dublin City Council/PA Wire

Potential conflict with trams could see buses in Dublin city running out of road

Work on the new Cross City Luas line at College Green in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Buses could be prohibited on Dublin thoroughfare to facilitate new Cross City line

Dublin Bus said the system will provide reduced and more consistent journey times, greater reliability, reduced waiting times at stops, and prevent “ bunching” of buses.

System used on Malahide Road, Rock Road, Ballymun and Swords to be extended

Planner and author Paul Kearns:  Allowing smaller homes to be built in the capital could place migrants at risk of “ghettoisation”. Photograph: The Irish Times

City alert: ‘There will be very few shoe-box apartments built in leafy Dublin suburbs’

Lower size doesn’t mean lower cost, says the  Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Smaller apartments would not reduce prices or increase the supply, says architects’ group

The minimum size of all types of apartments that can be built in the city will be reduced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly accused of being bamboozled by coterie of ‘powerful vested property interests’

In what will be seen as a major boost to developers, the Planning Guidelines on Design Standards for New Apartments, which local authorities must implement, reduce the minimum size of all types of apartments which can be built in Dublin.

Alan Kelly announces guidelines, adds he won’t stand for ‘shoe-box living’ of the past

The Ballymun scheme is the first of a number of modular housing developments planned as a response to the growing problem of homelessness in the city. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Homeless families may not be able to move into accommodation by planned date

 The Oscar Traynor Road site which has  been designated for 655 homes. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Councillors endorse development of 1,300 houses on three vacant sites in city

Engineering works to improve the merging of traffic onto the M50 are expected to be extended throughout the motorway from next year.

Longer merging lanes could reduce congestion - Transport Infrastructure Ireland

The Oscar Traynor site in Coolock where 655 homes will be built. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Politicians to be presented programme for ‘immediate development’ in three locations

 More than 70 per cent (462) of the 655 houses at the Oscar Traynor site will be offered for sale, with 252 to be sold privately and the rest a mixture of private and affordable sales. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: Social housing planned as well as homes for private renters and low-paid workers

Graham Hickey of the Dublin Civic Trust at the derelict mews buildings at the rear of the Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Little Museum of Dublin wanted to buy historic coach houses, but bid just €300,000

Mountjoy Square park in Dublin. The railings on the park are to be restored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

City council plans to reinstate 200-year-old park to its original ‘true’ Georgian design

Computer-generated image of apartment scheme proposed for Drimnagh in Dublin 12

Self-described ‘Ronaldo of property market’ seeks one of largest schemes since the boom

Councillors sought to amend the plan so that any new building on this site could be a maximum of 28m, about 3m shorter than the existing shopping centre tower. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: Councillors’ failure to pass plan ‘inexplicable’

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly who said he plans to publish  a report into planning practises in six local authorities, commissioned more than two years ago. Photograph: The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says he will publish next week reports which were ordered two years ago

Children say they are smoking and drinking less, eating more fruit and vegetables and fewer sweets, according to a national survey of health behaviour in school-aged children.

Young people smoking and drinking less but numbers eating fruit and vegetables rising

A view of the inside of the dome at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restoration project under way four years after major structural problems discovered

 Christy Moore entertains  protesters at the  anti-nuclear protest at Carnsore Point, Co Wexford, in 1978. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Growing consensus ending subsidies of fossil fuels should be next environmental move

According to the latest residential report from the State agency published yesterday, more than 50,000 homes could be built on Nama debtor lands.

Agency to spend €5.6bn on 20,000 houses for sale by 2020

One of the modular homes at a Modular Housing Demonstration Project  held by Dublin Local Authorities earlier this year.  Picture: Nick Bradshaw.

Dublin City Council hopes to conclude talks today with CTSL co-op in Ballymun

The Ballymun houseing co-op says Dublin City Council has rendered its permission  for 40 houses on  Balbutcher Lane null and void by proceeding to install modular housing for homeless families on the land. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Modular housing being installed on land where co-op has planning permission

Robinia trees at the junction of Essex Street West and  Cow’s Lane, in Temple Bar, Dublin. One tree had “a severe lean, advanced rot and was being undercut by the strangling effect of the tree grilles”, Dublin City Council said. File photograph: Google Street View

Tree-lovers take to social media to denounce felling but city council says it had no choice

Dog owners caught breaking the law face a fine of €150 or up to €4,000 on court conviction

Dog fouling biggest litter issue identified by Dubliners

Passenger levels of Dart services specifically have increased by 8 per cent in 2015.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Proposed changes to rail services open to public consultation until December 8th

Opened in 1968, Phibsborough shopping centre was one of the first in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Councillors refuse to allow new shopping centre with 37m tower, homes and school

Dublin City Council has given Nama-appointed receivers William O’Riordan and Declan McDonald of Pricewaterhouse Coopers six months to substantially redesign the scheme proposed for a site beside the 3 Arena at the Point Village in the city’s north docks. Illustration: TP Bennett Architects

Dublin City Council has ‘serious concerns’ over plans for north docklands scheme

Project Wave, a commercial and residential scheme in Dublin,  will take up 10 per cent of  the Docklands Strategic Development Zone. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Development gets go ahead under Dublin council’s new fast-track planning scheme

A new tenant-purchase scheme will allow local authority tenants to buy homes at discounts of up to 60 per cent of the market value. Eligible tenants can chose to buy using their own resources or can apply for a local authority loan. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Figures to end of March show almost half of 2,588 mortgage holders in arrears of €16m

Calderwood Court, a complex of just 13 apartments and duplexes in Drumcondra, was built in 2007

Co-operative Housing Ireland acquires Drumcondra apartments from Nama

An anti-water charges protest in Dublin last August.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Local authority purchase scheme is closed to renters with outstanding Irish Water bills

Renters are not a homogenous group. Students or retired people, for example, should not have to compete with working adults for the same accommodation. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Options include purpose-built homes, not selling council houses and affordable rent

The notion of the State getting back into bed with developers makes people nervous

Better accommodation for older people, tax relief for refurbishments, and a new public-private building model would all help

Affordable/Social Housing: Hollyhill in Cork City. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Throughout this series we will be seeking to identify solutions. We start with ideas around professionalisation, vacant land and s(...)

The measures won’t make a dent in existing rents, and it’s far from certain that they will make renting a viable long-term option. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The sector – with its insecure tenants, accidental landlords and soaring rents – is in crisis. An Irish Times series examines a co(...)

It’s not a simple construction problem. The bedsit ban and unfair taxes are also to blame

“The absence of appropriate cycle parking facilities [in Dublin] has been shown to deter people from cycling in the first place,” a report by Halcrow Barry consulting engineers stated. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Secure parking needed to encourage commuters to switch to bicycles, say consultants

Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the increase in homeless services costs was due largely to the “expensive and unsatisfactory” accommodation of homeless families in hotels. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than €91m set aside for homeless services from 2016 €803m council budget

A garda directing traffic on Dublin’s College Green. Plans for the redesign of the area, including a permanent ban on private cars and a new pedestrian plaza in front of the Bank of Ireland, will be presented to Dublin city councillors later. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ban on private cars, pedestrian plaza and traffic flow reversal part of council proposals

Little Museum of Dublin wanted to buy historic coach houses, but €300,000 bid lost

Property developer Bernard McNamara. Photograph: Collins

Residents at apartment complex rejected an earlier proposal to part-fund the work

The flats complex as it looked in 2009.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Regeneration of Dublin council flat complex brings more space, comfort and safety

A three-hour stoppage, the second in two weeks, is planned on Friday by drivers who are members of Siptu and the NBRU.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Failure to resolve dispute will see train services cease between 6am and 9am on Friday

The Homeless Executive has identified an empty building in the Digital Hub campus, in the Liberties area of the city just off Thomas Street in Dublin’s south inner city. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Homeless executive identifies vacant building for rough sleepers on technology campus

In a statement late on Tuesday, the management company at Longboat Quay said a meeting with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority had not achieved a resolution to the impasse over costs for fire safety works.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

No advancement or comprehensive solution possible with latest talks, say residents

Flood defences are being constructed along the coast  at Clontarf in  North Dublin city. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Appearance of concrete flood defences will be improved to blend better with existing wall

Longboat Quay in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in the Dublin docklands, built in 2006 by developer Bernard McNamara. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Fire service ordered up to €4m of work, but current proposal will not cover full amount

A three-hour stoppage, the second in two weeks, is planned from 6am-9am on Friday by drivers who are members of Siptu and the NBRU. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Unions accuse train company of trying to undermine their position with workers

 An example of a modular unit at  the Dublin local authorities open Modular Housing Demonstration Project in September.   Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council to discuss motion to protect co-op housing plans for Ballymun site

Yoga  at St Anne’s Park in  Dublin. Local residents may object to the planned development so close to the amenity.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Developer Greg Kavanagh behind planning application lodged with council

Construction of a new sea wall in Clontarf will leave motorists with “significantly restricted views” of Bull Island nature sanctuary and the coast, Dublin City Council has admitted.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Installing glass flood defences would cost up to €10 million, says Dublin City Council

Modular housing in Dublin. The term “modular” refers to a structure made off-site and then assembled on-site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Modular homes are not just temporary, they can be used in the same way as other homes

A nodular house. Up to 153 two-storey three-bedroom modular houses are to be provided in Ballymun, Finglas, Darndale, Crumlin and Ballyfermot within the next four months

Market will dictate if 22 promised homes can be provided in time, says Dublin City Council

 The proposed site for 40 modular homes in St Helena’s Drive, Finglas, Dublin for families who are homeless. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to 153 prefabricated houses are to be provided in five sites across the city

A view of Howth from the behind new sea wall being built next to the old wall at Dollymount, opposite St Anne’s Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Flood defence project by Dublin City Council ‘several feet higher’ than originally agreed

A modular home, as part of an exhibition in Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council report says 150-153 homes will be allocated to homeless

 Tram tracks for the new Luas Cross City line are to be put in place on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Connecting line works on Dublin roadway will finish in time for Christmas period

Charlemont Street flats will be rebuilt under a deal between Alcove Properties, owned by developer Seán Reilly, and Dublin City Council

Charlemont Street development the only PPP deal to survive property crash

The drop in homes completed this year in Dublin is down to a particularly poor performance in two local authority areas – Dublin city and South Dublin. Photograph: PA

Construction rates so far this year are ‘too weak’ to meet capital’s growing population

 Frank McDonald, Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, author Diarmuid Ó Gráda and Minister for Children  James Reilly at the book launch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Prostitution, execution dealt with in ‘Georgian Dublin: The Forces that Shaped the City’

One-minute broadcast is one of Ireland’s longest-running programmes

 Aungier Street:   the council has yet to complete a survey of the vacancy levels in the city, but surveys on Aungier Street indicate a likely upper floor vacancy rate of 40-60 per cent. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Just eight apply for Living City Initiative that aims to bring vacant buildings back into use

Heuston and other stations nationwide will go quiet for three hours on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No progress was made over weekend to avert planned industrial action by drivers

People taking part in International Yoga Day at St Anne’s Park, Dublin, in summer this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 400 houses and apartments proposed for lands adjoining park in Raheny

Longboat Quay in the Dublin Docklands. Photograph: PA

Residents under threat of evacuation take action against Dublin Docklands authority

A Luas tram in Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Strategy aims to improve bus and rail services and road network in city

About 90 per cent to be in greater Dublin area, 75 per cent will be houses

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