Almost half of all homeowners who have mortgages with the Dublin City Council are in arrears, and half of those are behind in their payments for more than 12 months

Council to repossess 25 houses due to record levels of unpaid debts

Big Belly bin in Dalkey: they are fitted with solar-powered waste compactors which crush rubbish. Their large pull-down opening has been used by some residents to dump  household rubbish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

All 400 Big Belly litter bins to be retro-fitted to prevent dumping of household waste

Walford, an Edwardian house on an almost two acre site on  Shrewsbury Road in Dublin 4.

Walford on Shrewsbury Road Dublin was bought by developer Sean Dunne for €58 million in 2005

Maureen O’Sullivan: Accused the Coalition, Dublin City Council and the HSE of a “serious breach of duty of care” in undermining drug-free homeless accommodation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Recovering addict fears ‘somebody is going to die’ at YMCA building off Aungier Street

Dublin City Council is in the process of devising bylaws that will for the first time regulate street performances in the city, requiring buskers to buy annual permits. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council worker will be appointed to monitor noise

A religious statue at the O’Devaney Gardens flats complex, off North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Housing scheme dating from 1950s was largely demolished for regeneration

The  dilipidated Iveagh Markets on Francis Street, Dublin: Construction, being undertaken by Temple Bar hotelier and publican Martin Keane, is expected to start soon and finish in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish produce and crafts market, hotels and restaurants in plans by hotelier Martin Keane

Olivia Harte of Firhouse, Dublin, one of 13 new Irish Rail apprentices, at Inchicore Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

13 apprentice electricians, mechanics, fitters and welders taken on

Dublin Fire Brigade domestic charges and charges for attending the scene of car crashes came into force in January 2012

Payment rates by households and businesses slip in 2014

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