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

The GAA want the land to develop a “processional boulevard” to the stadium from Ballybough Road, which would become the only match-day entrance. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin City Council last year reached agreement with the GAA to transfer lands to the association for a payment of €6.4 million

Longboat Quay in the Dublin Docklands. Photograph: PA

Residents under threat of evacuation take action against Dublin Docklands authority

Flowers & messages of support at the scene  of the fire. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Council meeting adjourned as mark of respect for people who died in Carrickmines tragedy

Colm Brophy: “We feel that a substantial reduction in the commercial development contributions in village centre areas will reduce the costs of starting-up and expanding their businesses for individual entrepreneurs and family businesses.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Councillors says 50% cut would ‘promote and incentivise commercial development’

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

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