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

Local property tax: The amount of tax paid is based on the value of a property on May 1st, 2013. At the standard rate, a house then valued at €325,000 would have a property tax liability of €585.  Photograph: Rui Vieira

Dublin houseowners can individually ask to have their local property charges increased

 Simon Coveney: “I have responsibility to ensure the excessive zoning that occurred in the past in some parts of the country is not repeated.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing orders council to reverse decision on development at Sallins site

Dublin City Council said it cannot afford to run the extended service, which is already operating at a loss. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Dublin City Council does not have enough money to fund the additional bicycle stations

DublinTown chief Richard Guiney said he believed Dealz would do well at its new location, but that there was also a need to increase the variety of independent shops and restaurants in the area. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No objections received by city council to application, which grants change of use to retail

An Bord Pleanála had a caseload increase of 9 per cent on 2014 but it was well below the 2007 peak of 6,664 cases

The planning board considered 1,646 appeals last year, with almost one in five from Dublin

Demolition of the flats, which was approved by the council’s planning department in recent days, will be done in phases. Photograph: Google Street View

Flats clearance to make was for new housing and ‘processional boulevard’ to Croke Park

Almost 1,900 off-campus student accommodation places are due for completion in Dublin city centre by the start of the 2017 academic year, according to figures from Dublin City Council.

Several off-campus facilities are due for completion by start of 2017 academic year

Part of the Dublin Pelletstown site: a community association appealed on the grounds that facilities promised for the new town, including schools and a station, have not been built. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Over 300 homes along the Royal Canal in Dublin get go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: “These new homes [in Drimnagh and Darndale] will be fast-tracked over the coming months and I expect to see families moving in to them before year-end.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney approves €12m to build 67 of 131 expected houses

While the fee for a one-off house is €65, and €34 for an extension, fees for larger residential and commercial developments increase in line with the size of the development. Photograph: The Irish Times

Decisions given within eight weeks in 88%of cases in Dublin city; national average 67%

Councillors last month voted in favour of a motion from Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan requiring all of the 479 planned new homes which will replace the dilapidated O’Devaney Gardens  complex (above) to be “public, mixed-income housing”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan seeks support for plan against management advice

The Irish Glass Bottle site at Ringsend, Dublin, which is marked for large-scale housing development. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says the provision of 10,000 new homes depends on investment

 Souvenir hunters  carting away small pieces of Nelson’s Pillar following its  bombing by republicans in 1966. File photograph: The Irish Times

Labour’s Kevin Humphreys calls for the barriers to be saved from sewage station

Architect image of the proposed new RDS arena, which will “create at top-class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events”.

Planning permission sought to redevelop Anglesea Stand as a ‘world-class arena’

 One of the reservoirs at the Stillorgan facility in Co Dublin. Irish Water is to spend €80m  building a covered water storage facility in Stillorgan. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Utility wants to build a covered storage facility at Stillorgan to end contamination risk

Dick Brady, head of housing at Dublin City Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Local authority wants to develop another 1,000 units on vacant land under housing plan

Built in the 1950s, O’Devaney Gardens was to have been redeveloped under a public-private partnership between the council and developer Bernard McNamara, but the deal collapsed in 2008. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New rental-only model does not comply with planning permission, council says

The committee which supervises the audit section of the Garda said there remained “property management issues” which needed to be resolved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Internal Garda committee questions management of drugs and cash held at stations

 Hawkins House and Apollo House in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Concern that €50m plans to replace Dublin’s ‘ugliest’ buildings would impact Luas safety

Simon Coveney has used his powers under the planning acts to issue a draft ministerial direction ordering the council to remove the new zoning from the County Development Plan. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister wants zoning rescinded as homes would be ‘detached and distant’ from town

Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street, Dublin, where five homeless families are facing eviction at the end of next month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Nama offers to facilitate sale of property, at centre of court dispute, to city council

Irish Water plans to spend €370 million over the next 10 years replacing lead pipes. Photograph: Getty Images

Homeowners in line for financial aid of up to €4,000 for removal of hazardous piping

Irish Water will not replace pipes under front gardens or in houses. Photograph: The Irish Times

Solution is to replace lines and Irish water is set to spend €370m over the next decade

An artist’s impression of the proposed Chartered Land redevelopment of the  Carlton Cinema site on  O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Development of shopping complex involves demolition of Moore Street ‘battlefield site’

Irish Water says it plans to spend €370m over the next decade replacing lead pipes. File photograph: Frank Miller

Utility will also allocate €78m to combat lead contamination as part of new plan

Lead piping excavated from the driveway of a home in Sandymount, Dublin last year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Limerick city water supply to be treated with a chemical to lessen lead later this year

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

Last remaining blocks of flats in Dublin complex to be razed for new development

The  Union Café on Deerpark Road in Mount Merrion, Dublin. The owners have been refused planning for a four- to five-storey development of apartments, cafe, pub, restaurant and shops on the site.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paddy McKillen Jr and Matt Ryan want to build on site of former Kiely’s pub

President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is greeted by well-wishers at College Green, Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Councillors at odds over US president’s nomination for city honour

Regeneration: new social housing near one of Ballymun’s old apartment blocks in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demolishing the high-rise towers of the Dublin housing complex took years, and replacing them has been a challenge. Now it’s time (...)

Asked why these public-private partnerships would work now when, less than 10 years ago they so catastrophically failed, Simon Coveney said the creation of a sustainable housing market was the solution. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Analysis: Exactly how new public-private schemes would work still unclear

Dolphin House flat complex, in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney approves the €25m development of Dolphin House flat complex

Homes being built at Thornwood Houses at Beaumont this year. Planning permission is in place for 26,886 homes in Dublin’s four local authority areas but only 4,809 are under construction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns raised at bypassing council planning process and lack of site-specific funds

A licence for the event was granted despite 2,500 locals signing a South Dublin Protect Our Parks petition that urged an end to large commercial concerts in the suburban park. Photograph: The Irish Times

Complaint of ‘awful line-up’ also made to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: South Dublin County Council has written to him and Minister for Transport Shane Ross asking them to “reinstate” the Dart Underground plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

New west Dublin suburb cannot be developed without a rail tunnel, says council

Aoife Thomas lifts her daughter Lily up to sign a book of condolences outside the French Embassy in Merrion Square, Dublin following the attack in Nice.

‘It was like something out of a movie... the truck flew by and then we started to run’

A Turkish national flag is seen next to the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Photograph: Reuters

‘F15 fighter jets were flying so low that they shook the entire building’

Conor Faughnan: “The AA does support 30km/h zones and Dublin city should have plenty of them, but when you use 30, it should be properly designed.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Widespread 30km/h limit would undermine road safety, says motoring lobby

The council is seeking suggestions on additional roads and streets which might be suitable for a 30km/h limit. FIle photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public views are being sought on the new speed proposals to be expanded to all residential roads

Fingal County Councillors today approved a proposal to extend a car park and provide a forest adventure facility at Malahide Demesne, which features Malahide Castle (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans involve five-hectare adventure facility and car park extension at noted amenity

Dublin City Council is set to fast-track the construction of the €30m project

Micheál Ó Nualláin pictured in 2013 at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Illustrator and designer was also art teacher and Department of Education inspector

An Irish man who has been homeless for the past 10 years, on Westmoreland Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Building new homes is the only way to tackle the crisis, housing committee chairman says

Sisters of Charity Convent on Gardiner Street: building is not listed on Dublin city’s Record of Protected Structures, despite being almost 200 years old and retaining many original features according the trust.

The 200-year-old building has recently been put on market and could be used for housing

A computer-generated image of the planned Poolbeg incinerator in Dublin.

US firm behind Dublin project did not meet emissions standards at Canadian plant

A view of the River Liffey in Dublin. Construction of a €17 million pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Liffey has been put on hold for at least 15 months because of uncertainty over the Dart Underground. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Dublin City Council suspends €17m project amid uncertainty over underground line

A rocky outcrop in Polignano a Mare, Puglia. Photograph: Getty

Tucked away in the far south of Italy, Puglia offers endless beaches, curious sights and delicious food and wine

Last Friday, the High Court heard alternative accommodation had been accepted by four of five families living in Lynam’s Hotel. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Dublin City Council has placed all five families in alternative accommodation

Council chief executive Owen Keegan wanted to build a “consolidated depot ” at Marrowbone Lane that would become a centre for street cleaning and maintenance staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Rezoning decision could mean outsourcing of service, says council chief Owen Keegan

The houses range from €140,000-€150,000 for a two-bed, €160,000-€175,000 for a three-bed and €199,000-€214,000 for a four-bed. Photograph: Bloomberg

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance to build 49 houses, starting at €140,000 up to €199,000

Threats by Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan to outsource council cleaning and maintenance services are ‘outrageous’, councillors have said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Councillors and unions say privatisation of services should be resisted amid Dublin 8 row

A composite photograph of the proposed development of the Carlton site on O’Connell street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin complex with 110 retail units requires most of street’s east side to be demolished

Temple Bar, Dublin: a group called the Temple Bar Residents sought a declaration from the council that use of the two-bed apartment  for holiday lets was not exempt from planning permission. File photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin City Council decision over apartment in Crown Alley, Dublin, is ‘site specific’

A computer generated street view of the Hawkins House/Apollo House redevelopment from OPW and Nama receivers. From Butt Bridge

Office of Public Works and Nama-appointed receivers plan to build office ‘quarter’

Illustration from  Dublin City Council showing   proposed changes to College Green in Dublin. The council is seeking architects to design the new civic plaza, which will be closed to traffic from summer 2017 ahead of the start of operations of the Cross City Luas line in the autumn. File photograph:   Dublin City Council/PA Wire

Ex-minister for transport criticises issuing of tender just after public consultation closed

At 28m the maximum height for most of the city would be half the height of Liberty Hall (59m). File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Decision by councillors allows for building of blocks 5m taller than currently allowed in most of city

Owen Keegan CEO of Dublin City Council: wants to allow apartment blocks up to 28 metres tall  in “low-rise” areas of the city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin City Council CEO seeks apartments up to nine storeys in ‘low rise’ areas

Councillors have long opposed the development of a new motorway across Dublin Bay. Photograph: Frank Miller

National Transport Authority requires bypass provision as part of its 20-year strategy

Residents of more than 900 streets are to be given a dispensation  because their homes are unsuitable for bins. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 100 streets to lose bag collection rights

Merrion Square should be kept as a “peaceful place” Mr Flynn said, and not used for a commercial venture.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Philanthropist Norma Smurfit wants ‘Legacy’ pavilion – but some councillors object

 Owen Keegan: “Reducing the definition of ‘low-rise’ to the height of typical Georgian buildings . . . would have severe repercussions across the city.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Taller buildings needed to address housing crisis, argues chief executive Owen Keegan

Cycling along the south quays, in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Plans four years in making to be redesigned with cyclists using backstreets initially

College Green: Draft transport study included banning cars from this area. Photograph: The Irish Times

Business pressure enables motorists to stay on Bachelor’s Walk and George’s Quay

While three quarters of the 54,069 motorists clamped in the Dublin area in 2015 had not been clamped in the previous four years, 2,010 had been clamped between five and 50 times and two were clamped 54 times - an average of once every three or four weeks. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two Dublin drivers clamped 54 times each over four years

The 2015 traffic count shows record numbers of people using sustainable ways – walking, cycling and public transport – of travelling into Dublin. Photograph by Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 11,000 people cycle into the city each day, according Dublin City Council and NTA

New bylaws due to be presented to councillors this week, will see the 30km/h speed limit extended to almost all roads and streets as far as the city council’s boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities. FIle photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cycling group urges lowering of limits but AA says blanket reduction would be blunder

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , at the Annual Garda Memorial Day for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Remembrance medal presented to wife of Garda Tony Golden

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the Poolbeg development had the potential to rival the great housing projects of the 1930s. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Just 300 of 3,000 homes are now earmarked for social housing

Dublin City Council has been developing plans for a segregated cycle route along the river since 2012

Blunder that sent buses through a building forces part of cycle path away from riverside

Following an 18-month review, Dublin City Council plans a radical expansion of the 30km/h speed limit to almost all roads and streets as far as its boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New proposals will expand restrictions throughout city centre and some suburbs

The Poolbeg chimneys emerging from sea fog on Sandymount Strand. With the recovery and the housing shortage, attention is once again turning to Poolbeg as a solution to Dublin’s needs

The time is finally right for a new urban quarter on the peninsula

The former Irish Glass Bottle Company site, at Ringsend, Co Dublin which is controlled by Nama. Photograph: The Irish Times

Vast site, one of the largest vacant plots in the city, will be used predominantly for housing

Computer generated image of proposed sign outside US Embassy on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

Cycle service could be reduced if panels in Donnybrook and Ballsbridge are not allowed

 Michael Noonan: would favour putting “money in the pockets of purchasers rather than in the pockets of builders”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance rejects VAT cut for builders, favouring 13.5% tax credit for buyers

Artist Robert Ballagh was among the recipients of the 2016 awards. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Recipients include Justice for the Forgotten and Gay and Lesbian Equality Network

The remains of the toilets at College Green with Bank of Ireland in the background. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No fixed public toilets in city after clause in bike scheme dropped from final draft

Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, where Dublin City Council have displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter in the lane . Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Expansion of CCTV surveillance system seen as solution to the problem of illegal dumping

Some rubbish is making it into the appropriate bins - but of a lot of it is not, in certain areas, and is casually being dumped. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin City Council head of waste management says fly-tippers ‘just bad citizens’

Dublin’s new tenant-purchase scheme, which took effect from January but is only now becoming operational, offers discounts of up to twice those offered under the last scheme. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

One-bed tenants and single people in larger homes excluded from purchase scheme

 Focus groups mentioned that they would like to see cafes and restaurants on Moore Street, Dublin Town chief executive Richard Guiney said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business groups want to encourage people to remain north of Liffey after shops close

National Transport Authority to fund study in the city’s south Georgian core

The council wants to increase the fee to €25 this year and €30 next year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Funding plan may mean advertising screens erected in College Green to fuel expansion

Derelict Sites Register allows the council to take action against property owners. Photograph: Getty Images

Coucil lists over 280 sites in centre city which could be developed but left unused in 2015

Cyclists and cycle lobby groups frequently complain about cars parking in bike lanes forcing cyclists out into traffic, and the danger caused by drivers and passengers opening doors in front of oncoming cyclists. Photograph:Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Regular commuters into the city complain of poorly maintained surfaces and badly designed cycle lanes

Opened in 1923, the Stella had the capacity to hold 1,283 cinema-goers. Now being sold, it also boasted a ballroom and was the hub of the social scene in the southeast inner city.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Cinema dating to 1923 has period features such as ornate ceiling, proscenium theatre arch

Up to April 1st this year, 105 homes had been built or acquired by Dublin City Council and the not-for profit housing sector. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Council given target of providing 3,347 homes in three year period up to end of 2017

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