There is nothing “wrong” with the physical form of O’Connell Street, the problem is how the buildings are used. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Without ability to close down certain shops no regeneration plan is likely to succeed

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: Dublin City Council had been unable to sign off on the deal without the Minister’s approval. Photograph: Alan Betson

City council gets green light for GAA plan on housing and new ‘processional boulevard’

Students at St  Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, protesting about pylons in the Comeragh region. Photograph: Alan Betson

Company to begin €156.8m improvement of electricity network from Clare to Dublin

Eirgrid, the semi-State company with responsibility for the national electrity grid, said reduced demand for power means it no longer needs to build a new overhead network or install underground cables between Cork and Kildare. File photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Semi-State company attributes decision to reduced demand for power

More than 400 staff, including direct employees of Clerys and those working for concession holders at the store, lost their jobs. Photograph: The Irish Times

Scheme to protect existing shops of ‘significance’ such as Clerys

 Michael Ingle, one of the residents of Longboat Quay at Leinster House, following a meeting with Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin docklands residents met Alan Kelly over fire risks at McNamara-built complex

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: said council had ‘no direct role’ in relation to Longboat Quay apartment complex. Photograph: Alan Betson

Apartment residents should bear no costs of fire safety work, say Dublin city councillors

The Longboat Quay apartments in Dublin need more than €4 million worth of fire-safety repairs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly says he expects similar defects in other complexes

Longboat Quay apartments in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Failure to comply with Fire Brigade notice could result in evacuation of Dublin complex

Longboat Quay: residents currently face a €2 million share of the repair bill; they hope Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Nama will cover the full cost. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dublin Fire Brigade says safety defects at the dockland apartment complex must be fixed without delay – at an estimated cost of €4(...)

Property developer Michael Ryan. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Riverwalk Court development in Ratoath built by Michael Ryan

Longboat Quay in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in the Dublin docklands. Photograph: The Irish Times

Almost 900 residents now face prospect of evacuation on orders of Dublin Fire Brigade

Views of Longboat Quay Apartments on Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Longboat Quay apartment residents told €18,000 needed from each to fix safety defects

The new Metro North line is substantially similar to the metro plan shelved by the Government in 2011 - but will cost €1 billion less, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

High-speed link from city to airport to cost €2.4bn and take over a decade to build

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

Council approves plans for factory-built houses to tackle homelessness crisis in city

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said a Government plan to create certainty around residential rents will be published in the coming weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kelly describes scale of rent increases as ‘immoral’, says rises should be linked to CPI

While dealers of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat decline to comment, enthusiasts say they are hearing a lot of negative talk about the brands in general

Minister seeks urgent meeting with VW Group Ireland boss over emissions scandal

A file image from 1988 showing Pauline O’Hara (left), Mrs Bridget O’Hara (centre), and Mrs Mary Nolan who protective masks distributed yesterday by local GP, Dr Conor O’Hanlon, in a protest at Government inactivity over smog levels in Dublin. A smoky coal ban was introduced in the city in 1990. Photograph: The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says ban in Dublin, introduced in 1990s, has saved more than 8,000 lives

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Announcement due on Monday to coincide with 25th anniversary of Dublin prohibition

Mary Harney, who helped push through the ban on ‘smoky coal’ in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The prohibition of ‘smoky’ coal in 1990 resulted in 350 fewer annual deaths in city

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: urged councillors not to cut  tax. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Issues and questions: Was Dublin City Council right to cut property tax?

Air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on ‘smoky’ coal in Dublin exceed accepted EU limits, research says.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Air pollution levels in towns not covered by Dublin ban exceed EU limits, research says

Local authorities have less than a week to decide whether to change the rate of Local Property Tax (LPT) charged to homeowners next year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Authorities have less than a week to decide on rate homeowners will face next year

Plans for underground Dart scrapped

€35m already spent on Dart plans and €150m on Metro North - neither will go ahead

Despite a recommendation by council chief executive Owen Keegan (pictured) that the full local property tax charge be levied on homeowners, councillors voted by 47 to 12 to cut the rate by 15 per cent. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Councillors vote to keep 15 per cent discount in 2016 despite call from chief executive

The demolition of Joseph Plunkett tower in Ballymun begins. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Joseph Plunkett tower taken down 18 years after urban regeneration project began

Santa’s little helpers: Elves Eabha Scully and Kyle Doyle help launch I Believe, Ireland’s first winter food, drink, craft and horticulture festival. The festival will run from November 26th until December 23rd at Dublin’s Custom House Quarter.

North Earl Street in frame as St Stephen’s Green unavailable due to Luas works

Homeowners in south Dublin have escaped a rise in their Local Property Tax  bill for next year. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Council chief Daniel McLoughlin says cut means forgoing €4.6m in revenues next year

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger is part of a group that has  occupied the site of a Nama-funded housing estate under construction in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Group wants private houses, on Nama held site in Castleknock, to be used for social housing

The plan for Weaver Park, a new public park in the Liberties in Dublin. Photograph: Daibhí Mac Domhnaill

Weaver Park will be built in the Liberties and is expected to cost in the region of €750,000

Additional funds collected from an increased local property tax will be used for “a service investment programme”. Photograph: PA

City chief Owen Keegan earmarks extra cash to fund services, including ‘dog fouling blitz’

Joseph Plunkett Tower (above right), will be taken down by mechanical means using a long reach hydraulic “nibbler” which will bite its way through the structure over a period of weeks. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joseph Plunkett Tower to be taken down almost two decades after regeneration began

Brid Smith from People Before Profit: said people were no longer in a position to move house as their family grew and that even ‘hipsters’ were entitled to good quality housing. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

City councillors vote for apartments almost 20 per cent smaller than current minimum

Aerial view of the Docklands area of Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images/Flickr RF

Proposed ‘studios’ would be 20 per cent smaller than the current minimum size

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

Dublin City Council says moves to further limit traffic will begin before Christmas

The Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney designed   ESB Headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street.

Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney building to be demolished as part of €150m project

Property developer Bernard McNamara. Photograph: Collins

Dublin council submits housing proposals, including development near Croke Park

A modular home: the sample houses are prefabricated and can be assembled within days. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Peter McVerry Trust backs proposal to install 250 prefabricated houses on vacant sites

The proposed 17-storey Exo building in Dublin’s docklands

New dockland’s building will be 73m tall

Concerns were raised by the conservation department about the effect on the historic house in Parnell Square (centre building). Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Hostel accommodation proposal for Parnell Square building ‘bizarre’, says council

The Irish Council for Social Housing website. In its pre-Budget submission, the council, which represents non-profit housing associations, is calling for vacant local authority lands to be made available to social housing providers.

Housing bodies want vacant local authority sites to be made available for housing

A modular house under assembly for demonstration at East Wall Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homes can be assembled in days on vacant sites to provide temporary housing

Environment Minister Alan Kelly: said the inspections system imposed too great a cost burden on builders of single homes and “outlandish” fees were being sought by certifiers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Rules were introduced by Phil Hogan in response to shoddy work such as at Priory Hall

 Road works at College Green have resulted in heavy levels of “builders’ litter”, the survey found. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Attention to detail’ makes Killarney cleanest town in Irish Business Against Litter study

Last year 11,016 housing units were built in Ireland, a lower figure than in the year records began, 1970, when 13,887 houses were built. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Capital city needs as many units annually as were built in the entire State in 2013

The bridge will be less than 250m from the Calatrava-designed Samuel Beckett Bridge above. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pedestrian and cycle span to link Grand Canal Dock to proposed Dart station

The removal of illegally dumped bin bags cost the council €670,000 last year. Photograph: David Sleator

More than half of households targeted in north inner city sign up for waste collection

An apartment block under construction on Coke Lane and Arran Quay Terrace in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin council’s preferred option for new route hits roadblock over proposed bus lane

 Dublin City Council  has begun enforcement action against  applicants seeking to use a tourist hostel on Gardiner Street as short-term housing.  Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Enforcement action taken for use of Gardiner Street buildings as homeless hostel

The report by Codema  found 48 per cent of rental properties had a Building Energy Rating of D or lower

Tenants at risk of fuel poverty says city council commissioned report

 Construction  on Dublin’s northside docklands. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council’s permission sought for Nama-backed Project Wave on northside

 The cranes are back and construction around the docklands continues on North Wall Quay.  Photograph: Sara Freund

Dublin City Council is trying to kickstart development on the 22 hectacres of land

Irish Water is calling customers to remind them to pay the charges due

Staff call customers who have not made a payment after first two bills

 Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan and  Prof Brian Norton, president of DIT, at the DIT Grangegorman campus. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Proposed seven-storey block in Stoneybatter is close to new Grangegorman campus

Computer-generated image of the new TCD business campus

Plans involve regeneration of Victorian buildings on Pearse Street side of campus

The largest allocation was in Dublin city where some 330 homeless families and individuals were housed. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 534 homeless and vulnerable received Dublin homes in last six months

The Dublin Housing Supply Task Force said there was enough zoned land in the greater Dublin area to meet housing demand for the next six years. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Infrastructure costing €35 million would facilitate building of 3,400 homes in city area

Almost 100,000 new homes could be built on available zoned land across Dublin, the report states. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some €165m needed to allow zoned land in Dublin be developed, report finds

Developers have been given  permission  to build somewhere between 18,000 and 20,000 homes in Dublin

Developers can’t get permission to build housing until infrastructure is provided

Dublin Institute of Technology’s Grangegorman site.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Grangegorman site can accommodate 2,000 residents under ‘fast-track’ planning rules

Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sale of Temple Bar Cultural Trust assets is expected to bring profits exceeding €10m

 Councillor Mannix Flynn launching an official guide to Temple Bar with artist Marta Wakula-Mac in 2008. Three years later he tabled a motion to move the trust under the  control of the council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Body that brought Dublin quarter into limelight has left issues to be resolved

The Story of the Irish, a new theatrical and cinematic attraction in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: The Story of the Irish website

The Story of the Irish is a theatrical and cinematic experience located in Smithfield

Dublin city traders say  that, while they accept disruption from the latest Luas works will be inevitable, car users, in particular shoppers, must not be forced out of the city. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Main construction of cross-city line set to intensify in coming months as tracks laid

A plasterer at work. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Housing Agency says that there is a ‘persistent mismatch’ in property market

Track laying work for the construction of the cross city Luas line will begin on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

College Green car ban to be extended for ‘intensive’ phase of work on line

The traffic department said a path fully segregated from traffic would not be feasible from Clontarf into the city centre. Photograph: The Irish Times

Measure in line with Dublin City Council plans for Clontarf to Connolly station route

 David Silke, director of research and corporation, Minister of State Paudie Coffey, and Dr Conor Skehan, chairman, at press briefing for the National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015 to 2017 report. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Ratio of cost to income shows house prices close to 2008 levels, warns Housing Agency

Capital plan: Studio apartments, for rent only, could be built in Dublin if proposals for are accepted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Far-reaching development agenda for capital would increase one-bed apartments by 50%

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: wrote to council chief executive Owen Keegan last month. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Apartments were not built under council’s lofty standards

The O’Devaney Gardens housing complex in Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Apex proposes developing 1,300 properties on vacant land as part of council scheme

Developer Seán Dunne with a model for the proposed development on the site of Jurys and the Berkeley Court hotels in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seán Dunne’s plans for former Jurys site among most ambitious of era

Flats at O’Devaney Gardens, off North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Problematic Dublin estate one of four to be developed for new form of ‘public housing’

People Before Profit councillor for Dublin Bríd Smith said: “We can’t keep spending these huge sums on hotels.”  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Families are losing hotel rooms because of demand from tourists, says councillor

In one refuge only one in 10 women who sought help were accommodated up to the end of March this year. Photograph: Getty Images

State agency concedes that women fleeing domestic violence offered sleeping bags

The Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill allows local authorities to impose a vacant sites levy on lands suitable for housing that are left idle by their owners. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Oireachtas passes urban regeneration legislation to stop practice of land-hoarding

Dart service resumed at 10.10pm.

Train stopped following fight between five people on northbound train after 9.30pm

Kevin Street Garda Station is soon to be vacated by the Gardaí. Photograph: Sara Freund

Palace of St Sepulchre was for six centuries the official home of Dublin’s archbishops

Heba Alsharbaty (mother), Khilood Jaddoa (grandmother),  Yousif Hussein (10 months) and Fadhil Alsharbaty (grandfather),   originally from Baghdad in Iraq and now living in Rathfarnham,  during the first of three citizenship ceremonies held at the Convention Centre, July 17th, 2015.  Photograph: Alan Betson The Irish Times

More than 85,000 people from 161 countries have become Irish in last four years

Housing campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Property builders will not have to sell accommodation to councils under new bill

The regulation office has assessed 142 of the bodies who have so far signed up to the code, and found organisations were performing well against most standards.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Almost 30 per cent have no sinking fund for future maintenace of their properties

O’Devaney Gardens were to be rebuilt using public money only. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Given council’s resources, solution to crisis rests with private sector

Applications for homes have been made on behalf of 42,106 people. Photograph: The Irish Times

Numbers at highest level to date as greatest demand for homes in northeast of the city

Cathal Morgan of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive said: “We have to find other solutions, we need to try to get away from using commercial hotels.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hotels turn down offers from homeless executive in favour of accommodating visitors

The 2008 collapse of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) schemes resulted in the disbanding of communities and left the city scarred by derelict blocks of empty flats vacated for regeneration projects that never happened. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last time Dublin City Council got into bed with private developers, it was a disaster

Dublin City Council wants almost 1,500 homes, combining social housing and private housing for rent, to be built at three large suburban landbanks in its first major housing programme since the property crash. File photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Dublin City Council wants 1,500 social housing and private homes for rent built

More than 3,300 in capital now living in emergency accommodation

Although beset by delays,  Charlemont Street  is the only large housing regeneration scheme to survive the collapse of the PPP system in 2008.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Charlemont Street development the only PPP deal to survive property crash

The number of landlords willing to rent to social housing tenants plummeted in recent years with the rise in Dublin rents making higher-income tenants more attractive. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

72 landlords willing to rent through Dublin council scheme started one month ago

Bolands Mills:  reference to the “mill” has been removed from the title of the development, which will be called “Boland’s Quay”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nama-backed plan involves new office and residential blocks for Dublin Docklands

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (above) officially opened Clúid housing association’s development in Belmayne, Dublin 13 on July 1st, 2015. With him is Clúid tenant Helen Maguire. Photograph: Stuart McNamara

Footballer Jamie Redknapp and pop star wife attended launch of Belmayne in 2007

Simon spokeswoman Niamh Randall has warned the gap between State rent allowances and the rent charged by private landlords was “without doubt causing homelessness”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About 92% of Dublin properties exceed allowance levels, says Simon Communities

The Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin City Council

Party entered coalition with Labour, Green Party and most Independent councillors

Críona Ní Dhálaigh, the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Sinn Féin website

Críona Ní Dhálaigh will hold position during the capital’s 1916 Rising commemorations

Clerys department store on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

City representatives pass motion to stop department store from being used for offices or hotel

Computer-generated image of the proposed Parnell Square cultural quarter.  It is hoped the development will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Georgian square and surrounding streets

Dublin City Council and Office of Public Works conclude pivotal land swap agreement

Housing in Dublin. More than €4 million has been allocated to local authorities to provide accommodation for Traveller families, with almost a quarter of the funds to be used to house Travellers in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to receive no funds, despite designated housing sites

Dublin City Council last February granted approval for the scheme to knock down the ESB Headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street at a cost of about €150 million.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Five parties have objected to destruction of 1960s Fitzwilliam Street headquarters

Phibsborough shopping centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Buildings of up to 12 storeys possible under Dublin City Council plan

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn. Mr Flynn has  said that the lack of city accommodation meant people were accepting appalling conditions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mannix Flynn claims that rats, no light and fire breaches are common in capital

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