A file photograph from August showing Priory Hall under demolition and reconstruction. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Agreement allows purchasers to move into New Priory homes by Christmas

The AA had wanted limits raised from 50km/h to 60km/h on Cork Street in Dublin 8. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Despite motor lobby opposition, restriction to be introduced on phased basis next year

Access to the Cherry Orchard Park site was blocked on Monday by residents who say the housing development will obliterate a memorial garden (above) to deceased local people at the park. Photograph: Olivia Kelly/The Irish Times

Cherry Orchard: Co-operative Housing Ireland seeks to build 72 ‘sorely needed’ houses

Sinn Féin councillor Daithí Doolan: “Ballyfermot is one of the areas most in need of housing.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Group says 72 social houses in Ballyfermot park would destroy community garden

The old Priory Hall development in north Dublin, the notorious fire-trap complex built in 2007 by former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Councillors must approve sales on Monday night to allow new owners to move in

Residential construction rates have risen nationally, but the increase is smaller in Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Fingal most active area for new builds with almost 1,300 homes finished in first 10 months of this year

Christmas rail services to begin

Trains will leave city centre up to 2.50am on New Year’s Eve

Dublin City Council has studied the modular apartments on Lewisham High Street in South London. Photograph: Supplied image from architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Dublin City Council to place prefabricated units on Fishamble Street and in Coolock

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

€200million plan to bring 1860s treatment plant up to date for 200,000 consumers

Dublin water charge protesters take cold comfort from the assurances of the expert commission. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘I don’t believe the story the Government is selling . . . that they haven’t got privatisation in mind’

A view of Bachelors Walk and the north quays in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dublin residents express concerns over plan to create continuous cycle path along quays

The Irish Glass Bottle site at Ringsend, Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Project backer says the €80m complex will not be developed on Irish Glass Bottle site

The Automobile Association wants the council to raise the limit from 50km/h to 80km/h on three arterial routes. Photograph: Eric Luke

Current 30km/h limit on some city roads is ‘ridiculous’ and adds to congestion, says group

Residents in Clonsilla, Dublin, block a bin lorry in their estate during a 2003 protest against bin charges. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin City Council plans to pursue more than 900 other clients over unpaid levies

The Priory Hall complex pictured last August: the council this year refurbished the first 60 apartments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cost of reconstruction of Dublin fire-trap apartment complex was originally €10m

The Poolbeg peninsula in Dublin. Last May, the Government gave approval to the council to create a new fast-track planning scheme on 84 acres of land at Poolbeg. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bono among supporters of a Hollywood-style development on the Dublin peninsula

Ranelagh Gardens Park in Dublin 6: a group of residents say the proposed playground will cause disturbance to elderly people in a nearby senior citizens’ complex

Wrong location chosen for €70,000 development in historic Dublin 6 park, says group

One of the reservoirs in Stillorgan. Photograph: Raymond Okonski/Geograph.ie/Creative Commons

Utility wants to build covered storage facility in south Dublin to reduce contamination risk

Priory Hall (now ‘New Priory’) in Donaghmede: Dublin City Council stripped the notorious apartment complex, leaving only the frame and roof structure intact. Photograph: Alan Betson

Apartment sales have been swift but do not come close to covering cost of repairing complex

Before the revamp: the apartments at Priory Hall, Donaghmede. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former fire-trap apartments sell in days for half of what they cost in the boom

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan expects to have received €78.6 million in funding from the Department of Housing for homelessness by the end of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin city councillors approve increased budget for homelessness services in 2017

Cracking in a house due to pyrite:  new standards award points based on the severity of damage, rather than just the presence of damage. Photograph: Frank Miller

National Standards Authority of Ireland says change will reduce ambiguity in system

Alan Kelly  (then minister for the environment, community and local government, standing)  with John Lyons (then Labour TD) at the modular housing project in Ballymun, Dublin in February. People moved in last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New three-year social housing budget, to provide 1,780 homes, rises by 90% to €796m

Gerry Crozier from Finglas, who fought in the Korean War with the British Army’s Second Royal Tank Regiment  B squadron, at Glasnevin Trust Armistice Day commemorations at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

British, US, Canadian and German ambassadors participate in Armistice Day ceremony

The Department of Housing last month sought applications from local authorities for the first €50 million of the fund. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Over 20 local authorities seek funding due out in 2017 to service lands zoned for housing

The introduction of private housing in the Ballymunrenewal programme was seen as key to achieving social and economic regeneration.

Social housing should be restricted to 10% in future developments, says council

Dublin City Council says the bikes project has largely stalled due to the difficulties in identifying suitable advertising sites to fund the expansion

New advertising screens to fund expansion to be on main access routes into city

Advertising screens will be erected in Dublin 4 to pay for the Dublin Bikes rental scheme, despite opposition from An Taisce and local councillors. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Council split on displays, part of deal funding scheme, with opposition from some D4 representatives

According to the Government’s Housing Agency, 25,000 homes need to be built annually, about 10,000 of which are needed in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

New figures show almost 4,000 houses built in Dublin so far this year, up 32% on 2015

In Dublin city the majority of claims related to injuries sustained on council property, mostly caused by trips and falls. Photograph: Alan Betson

Payments made to public by the four local authorities increase by one-third since 2011

Artist’s impression showing size of cruise liner which could have entered Dún Laoghaire Harbour if the 340m limit was allowed. The illustration shows the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Sea in the harbour.

An Bord Pleanála grants harbour redevelopment permission but cuts the size of ships

The former Bank Branch and the former Baptist Church buildings on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin where Wetherspoon had applied for planning permission. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council approved hotel and bar complex on Camden Street site

‘Local authorities are using emergency powers to fast track projects’, says Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing says current homeless figures are the worst that he has ever seen

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said 320 homes would be “complete or under construction” by end 2016, but only Dublin City Council has built any – 22 in Poppintree, Ballymun (above). Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Fingal County Council indicates intention to start 45 rapid-build homes by early 2017

A Dart passes the Merrion Gates railway crossing in Dublin 4. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Locals fear NTA scheme for traffic blackspot will render their homes ‘unsellable’

Artist’s impression of what College Green would like under the proposed changes. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire

Plan that prohibits all vehicles from College Green to be sent to Bord Pleanála

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney had previously told Meath County Council to reverse its decision to zone land at Pace for housing, retail and employment. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister had warned Meath County Council not to zone land near Dunboyne for housing

DIT’s Grangegorman campus: The institute said the zoning will devalue its lands and jeopardise funding for facilities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

DIT says Dublin City Council has devalued its land at Rathmines site

A Tippo International facility on the R498 near Nenagh in Co Tipperary. File photograph: Google Street View

Thurles/Nenagh Roadd remains closed as fire fighters continue to battle blaze

Airbnb visitors seek their accommodation in Temple Bar: the Airbnb service seems to be filling a gap caused by a lack of hotels. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

While Bord Pleanála ruling is site-specific, it is likely to focus minds and yield guidelines

The owners of a Temple Bar apartment that has been banned from use as an Airbnb holiday home could seek planning permission to run the property as a short-term let, Dublin City Council has said. File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

An Bord Pleanála had ruled the Dublin property cannot be used for short-term lets

A modular home under construction in Ballymun last February. Photograph/Brenda Fitzsimons

Batch of almost 40 modular houses to tackle homelessness crisis not ready until 2017

 Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney: He said the said the money would be used to provide infrastructure to serve sites that could accommodate at least 300, but up to 3,000 homes. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Most of the money to be spent in Dublin to prepare six locations for house building

The committee was told that with planning permission on hand for 33,000 houses in the capital the planning system was not the problem, “how we activate the delivery of homes is the issue”. Photograph: PA

Oireachtas committee told Dublin beset by ‘fundamental shortage’ of ready-to-go sites

Minister for Housing Simon  Coveney said  he expected 14,000 new houses would be built by the end of the year. That’s about 1,300 more than in 2015, but a long way off the 25,000 figure the Housing Agency says is required each year.

Number of new builds a long way short of what Housing Agency says is required

One of the biggest increases in the housing budget is an additional €105 million for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) used to accommodate social housing tenants in private rented accommodation.

Rebuilding Ireland: fund to allow 21,000 households live in social and private rented housing

New homes: First-time buyers  will be entitled to an income tax rebate of up to €20,000, to fund their deposit. File photograph: Getty Images

Scheme only available to people taking out mortgage of least 80% of the purchase price

Demolition of the complex, next to the Coombe maternity hospital, started early last year and has recently been completed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hazardous waste found during renovation project at St Teresa's Gardens in Dublin

O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7: a housing development is planned for the site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Properties are not intended for social housing but will be sold on by local authority

Numerous boomtime plans for these buildings came to nothing, but what stands in their place?

The planning process was not holding back the construction of houses, according to the president of the Irish Planning Institute.

Planning body objects to Bill giving appeals board power to approve large-scale housing

Johnny Ronan’s company bought four blocks last year for €67.5 million and said its redevelopment project will be worth about €350 million. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four 1970s office blocks by Andrew Devane will be demolished in the €350m scheme

A  Google Street View image of North Brunswick Street in Dublin - if new plans are adopted all incoming traffic other than buses will be diverted up the narrow street from the north quays.

Dublin City Council proposing ban on private cars and lorries for cycle path

Artist’s impressions of  plans for  pedestrianisation of College Green in Dublin.

€6m plan facing lengthy delays or could be scrapped after bid for approval

Under the biggest changes to Liffey quays traffic yet proposed by Dublin City  Council, the north quays between Blackhall Place and Church Street would be reserved for cyclists and public transport vehicles. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin City Council proposing ban on private cars and lorries from Ellis and Arran Quays

Donna Fox was cycling near the junction of Seville Place and Guild Street in Dublin’s north inner city when she was struck by a lorry shortly before 11am on September 6th. Photograph: RIP.ie

Donna Fox (30) was struck by a lorry when cycling to work in Dublin in September

What advertising screens in the D4 location near the US embassy would look like as part of Dublin Bikes deal.

South Dublin councillors oppose screens that form part of funding for Dublin Bikes

Architectural images of Dublin’s proposed new RDS arena -  a side view of the Anglesea stand. Image: Newenham Mulligan/Grimshaw Architects

Project to raise capacity for Leinster Rugby games, provide new facilities for other events

Mannix Flynn, a former resident of St Joseph’s Industrial School in Artane, wants the band to be brought to an end due to its associations with the Christian Brothers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí escort councillor from building after demonstration over Christian Brothers link

Cyclists in Dublin are seeking further funding for infrastructure. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Event prompted by death of Donna Fox, who was killed in collision with lorry in Dublin

What advertising screens in the  D4 location near the US embassy  would look like as part of Dublin Bikes deal.

Cost of bike rental could increase or service reduce if councillors decline to approve deal

Fans cheer the Dublin team during the homecoming celebrations at Smithfield Plaza, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Little sympathy on show from euphoric Dubs for rivals Mayo as capital welcomes Sam

Boland’s Mills roof restoration has started in Dublin’s Docklands. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Houses, offices and apartments to be built in €150m scheme due for completion in 2018

The council is following a model used by London’s Lewisham council which has completed a modular apartment complex providing 24 homes for families living in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Martin Godwin

At least 100 ‘stackable’ factory-built housing unites to be located at two city centre sites

The first 22 houses on Balbutcher Lane in Ballymun were to have been finished last December, but families did not move into the 22 homes, which cost €180,000 each, until May this year. Photograph: Bloomberg

Delivery of ‘rapid build’ prefabricated homes on vacant council lands plagued by delays

St Teresa’s Gardens: The dilapidated 1950s estate, one of Dublin’s largest council-flat complexes, has been designated for regeneration with up to 500 homes proposed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Councillors eye land for park and sports despite Department of Housing advice

Funding for the planned regeneration of St Teresa’s Gardens in Dolphin’s Barn is at risk if councillors do not amend the new Dublin City Development plan on Friday night the Department of Housing has warned. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of Housing may not release funding for first 50 homes

The freephone line used by homeless people to access emergency accommodation in Dublin  cost more than €1 million to operate last year, according to Dublin City Council figures. File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Housing campaigner condemns freephone line as a ‘scandalous waste of money’

At the standard rate, a house in 2013 valued at €325,000 would have a property tax liability of €585 while a home valued at €675,000 would carry a charge of €1,215. Photograph: PA

Councillors vote to keep 15% discount in 2016 despite full-charge call from chief executive

The rate of local property tax charged to almost 240,000 Dublin householders next year will be determined on Thursday by Dublin City Council. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish	Times

Local authority to decide on the rate charged to 240,000 householders for 2017

The Ballymun flats which were demolished as part of the regeneration project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Department of Housing fails to respond to council housing committee

Work had been due for completion last July but progress was hampered by Clontarf locals’ objections over the height of a flood defence wall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Closures will last for two weeks at a time to allow completion of delayed cycle lane

Dublin fans making their way to Croke Park for the  All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin  and Mayo today. Many such fans will have a hard time reaching the venue for the October 1st replay due to a further strike on Dublin Bus services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff planning further work stoppage on day of football final - Saturday week, October 1st

Striking Dublin Bus Drivers outside the Broadstone Depot where they taking industrial action over pay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent Alliance TD indicates support for striking workers’ claims

Number 61 Thomas street, one of Dublin’s oldest buildings, due to be demolished soon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dublin Civic Trust calls for preservation of two of city’s oldest buildings on Thomas Street

Pyrite can produce cracking in walls and foundations.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Council admits little hope of recouping cost of work on social housing from contractors

A motion by Fingal Green Party councillor Roderic O’Gorman to reduce the local property tax next year by 7.5% rather than 15% fell  and was not voted on after the other motions were accepted.  Photograph: David Sleator

Council executives warn money foregone could have been spent on vital services

What advertising screens in the D4 location would look like as part of Dublin Bikes deal

Body yet to fulfil commercial deal after southeast councillors oppose ‘contemptible’ screens

 Nelson’s Pillar as seen from North Earl Street, Dublin in 1963. The pillar was bombed three years later. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Labour Senator wants gates which stood for 157 years rescued from sewage depot

The Usher’s Island-Bridgefoot Street area was deemed the least attractive area in Dublin city in an analysis that forms part of the Mapping Beauty project. Image: Google Streetview

Beauty contest ranks capital’s neighbourhoods using factors including traffic and trees

 The former Priory Hall complex under demolition and reconstruction in north Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council has finished first phase of redevelopment of the notorious complex

Homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has said the Government needs to employ compulsory purchase powers to seize empty private homes to use as social housing.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Homelessness campaigner calls on Government to use compulsory purchase powers

Fr Scully House residents face a rent rise of up to 26 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Catholic housing body tells 21 tenants in Fr Scully House rent will increase to €400

People in The Tramyard restaurant in Dalkey, Co Dublin, ahead of the Dalkey Lobster Festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Organisers said event would not take place due to ‘circumstances beyond our control’

The National Transport Authority has said it cannot support Dublin City Council proposals for a new bridge across the river Liffey at Fishamble Street. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dublin City Council wants a new connection between Fishamble Street and north quays

 O’Devaney Gardens flat complex, Dublin. Dublin city councillors are facing pressure to reverse their decision to redevelop the site as a council-owned rental complex. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Brendan Kenny says he is ‘not obliged’ to comply with decision on redevelopment

Brendan Kenny, assistant chief executive with Dublin City Council, said the scheme had been a huge success in the city. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bicycle rental scheme, which began seven years ago, now operating in five Irish cities

UCD campus in Belfield: the university has increased its rents by 7 per cent this year.  Photograph: Frank Miller

UCD aims to double students dwelling on-campus with 3,000 more beds

Patrick Crean and Greg Kavanagh, through their company Balark Investments, had sought permission to build nine houses, 24 duplexes and 30 apartments near Oatlands College in Stillorgan.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Transport Shane Ross objected to 63 homes which would mean felling trees

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said taller apartment blocks need to be built in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

More housing needed in Dublin city centre says Housing Minister

Record rent rises, which have seen accommodation costs in the capital exceed their Celtic Tiger peak, may be the result of rent stability measures introduced last year, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing said rent freezes wont solve crisis as main problem was accommodation supply

A statue of Sir Thomas Moore being moved in Dublin city centre in May 2014. It is to be reinstated later this year.  File photograph: Donncha Ó Dúlaing/TII

Seminar to highlight discoveries made during development works for Luas Cross City

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Denham is one of several senior members of the judiciary to back  a campaign to prevent part of a site in Smithfield being zoned as open space. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Rezoning could jeopardise family court facility, states Mrs Justice Susan Denham

Ibec is among a number of business organisations, including Dublin Chamber of Commerce, supporting calls from Minister for Housing Simon Coveney for Dublin City Council to reverse plans to restrict the height of apartment blocks. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Attractiveness of Dublin will be undermined by housing shortage, says business lobby

The Minister’s concerns on apartment height will be presented to councillors when they next month vote to ratify the Dublin City Development plan. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Housing concerned that low-rise restrictions could hamper supply of homes

What advertising screens in the D4 location would look like as part of Dublin Bikes deal

An Taisce opposes ‘grossly offensive’ D4 panels which help pay for popular scheme

Dublin City Council earlier this year raised “grave concerns” over the application by developers  Patrick Crean (left) and Greg Kavanagh: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council raised ‘grave concerns’ on application by Greg Kavanagh and Pat Crean

The Government’s Housing Agency will target portfolios of distressed properties held by banks. File photograph: Getty Images

Housing Agency to spend up to €70m on acquiring private houses and apartments

The scheme would primarily be aimed at approved housing bodies who could access “off balance sheet” funding, but local authorities would also be helped to buy homes. Photograph: Getty Images

Fund worth €70m to be used for bulk purchase from large property portfolios

Binary Hub: Student accommodation off Thomas Street in Dublin built by Threesixty Developments

Developers expected to provide 7,500 additional student spaces in the coming years

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