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

In a statement Belvedere FC said all its members were in “deep shock” and the club’s thoughts were with the boy’s family.

Sixteen-year-old was a member of Belvedere Football Club

Homes built for older people in Gorey, Co Wexford

Half the money will go to adapting housing to fit it out for older and disabled people

The one-bed apartments have single beds and residents have been told they may not swap them for doubles. Photograph: Getty Images

Catholic Housing Aid Society allows single beds in €17 million State-funded complex

The Government’s social housing strategy, published last November, aims to eliminate social housing waiting lists by 2020 and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly  has been asked  to fast-track  the €3.8 billion housing programme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of applicants to Dublin City Council is up by 1,688 in three months

Authorities are offering three schemes to appeal to landlords to take social housing tenants.

Guaranteed rent of up to 92 per cent available

Passing the Jeanie Johnston during the 94th Liffey Swim – the ship was valued less than five months ago at €700,000, but costs €240,000 a year to run as a tourist attraction. Photograph: The Irish Times

Vessel that cost €15m to build now worth only €700,000, according to city council

The Alanis site is immediately adjacent to Ballymun Town Centre, the dilapidated 50-year-old shopping centre, which is having  tenants removed before its planned demolition. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New facility to replace failed Treasury Holdings scheme

On the cycle path at Clontarf, Dublin: a missing 2km section is about to be built. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Missing 2km section of 22km Sutton to Sandycove cycleway will be finished in July 2016

The old Ballymun Town Centre which is to be demolished. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

City councillors to vote on €1.8m offer for site for construction of new centre

Amy and Nicole Rice, aged 21 and 19, from Tallaght in Dublin said they were beaten up and held hostage by two men whom they met on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí investigate after women (21 and 19) say they were beaten up in Newbridge

The memorial seat by Andrew St Ledger on the junction of Alfie Byrne Road and the Clontarf promenade in Dublin has been damaged over the years

Restoring curved oak bench dedicated to 10-time lord mayor would be ‘very foolish’

Dublin City Council received 1,491 ‘repair requests’ from tenants about excessive damp and mould growth in their homes

In 97% of cases the problem was due to condensation caused by tenants, says council

Almost 40% of the 1,048 GPs surveyed said they would not sign before the deadline and 23% said they would not sign up in the long term

One in five plan to sign by May 27th, says National Association for General Practitioners

National policy plans to eliminate landfill use for untreated waste by 2020. However, the eastern-midlands plans envisage stopping any unprocessed or general black bin waste going to landfill by next year. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

National policy intended to eliminate landfill usage for untreated waste by 2020

Several city councillors have submitted questions to the city council chief executive asking how much cash has been released to date. Replies indicate no money has been forthcoming from the Department of the Environment

Over €50m sought to shelter destitute and restore vacant homes still not allocated

Taxis at a  rank on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some ranks to be suspended for Luas construction phase

Council workers attempt to stabilise number 30 North Frederick Street which is part of Dublin’s Georgian fabric in need of refurbishment. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dublin Civic Trust critical of tax relief initiative that excludes Georgian houses on size

Dr Daithí Downey, deputy director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, said Dublin City  Council had to consider whether it could continue to operate as a “subprime lender”, when providing home loans to low-income households had resulted in such “negative outcomes” for both the borrowers and the council. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Council categorises one in 10 of 2,588 low-income debtors as unlikely ever to repay

Not a week goes by without Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly revealing some new nugget from the €3.8 billion plan which aims to eliminate the social housing waiting list by 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment dripfeeding his €3.8bn pot for housing to local authorities

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the launch of the Living City initiative at the Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Living City initiative, announced by Michael Noonan in 2013, has come into effect

The HSE and EPA say that running the cold tap before use can lower the level of lead, if it is present in drinking water.

Lead common in pre-1970s houses and is still in place for some connections

Irish Water conducts random sampling of “customer properties” to ensure compliance with regulations on lead. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

HSE says consumption of substance can affect brain development in young children

Matt Talbot Bridge: Many parts of the bridge are in a worse condition than the older Butt Bridge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge require remedial work to fix cracks and faults

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. A group of State agencies have urged the council to ends its restrictions on high-rise buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE, Nama and others urge Dublin City Council to remove construction limits

Grand Canal View in Bluebell will be managed by Dublin City Council

The house, built in 1748, comprises ‘time capsule’ untouched for more than 100 years

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with Áine Lawlor and Finbar Furey at the Mansion House Dublin. Lawlor and Furey were recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Christy Burke chooses four individuals and two groups for contribution to Dublin city

Dublin City Council had drafted its 2015 budget when the decision to exempt Irish Water from rates was made and had included a sum of €17.5 million in expected rates income on the water and drainage network

Invoice relates to city’s water and drainage network taken over by utility Irish Water

Derelict mews buildings at the rear of the Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Hiving off’ Georgian mews to sell separately to main buildings a ‘crime for the city’

Public consultation on plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin, from the Phoenix Park in the west to the Point Village in the east, ends on Friday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A two-way riverside route is among the four options set out for public consultation

Fine Gael Cllr Naoise O Muirí has been seeking safety measures on the cyclepath for the last two years following collisions where pedestrians were hurt. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Council remained concerned about number of ‘conflict points’ on proposed coastal path

Croke Villas: The Croke Park stadium director   said he wanted to “do what’s right for the people of Croke Villas”, who were living in “absolutely deplorable conditions”.    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister wants Croke Villas used for homeless families

Moore Street, Dublin. Some houses are scheduled for demolition to make way for a shopping centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Saving 13 houses in place of shopping centre could open council to compensation claims

Plans to refurbish the dilapidated O’Devaney Gardens flat complex to provide temporary accommodation for up to 400 homeless families living in hotels, have been scrapped by Dublin city councillors. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Labour councillors vote against Minister for Environment’s plans for O’Devaney Gardens

The complex at O’Devaney Gardens off North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Bringing the flats up to a habitable condition would cost €4.72m. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants flats to be used for homeless people

New building regulations came into force in February 2014. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Review geared to discover if building compliance standards are stopping development

 Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Roddy Doyle in Barrytown Meets MusicTown, a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Barrytown Trilogy’, at Vicar Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Festival celebrates the capital’s music scene including choruses from Handel’s ‘Messiah’

 Fianna Fáil has published a Bill to redevelop the Moore Street area of Dublin. Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of  the Bill was James Connolly Heron, great grandson of James Connolly; Fianna Fáil Dublin spokesman Senator Darragh O’Brien; Prionsias O’Raghallaigh, grandson of The Raghallaigh; and Patrick Cooney, founder of Save Moore Street Campaign. Photograph:  Conor McCabe.

Party says Government plan for National Monument doesn’t do justice to surrounding area

Bank of Ireland, Baggot Street: Was bought in 2006 by a consortium led by Derek Quinlan, Paddy Shovlin and hotelier brothers Anthony and Patrick Fitzpatrick for €212m

Protected structure was acquired in 2012 by beef magnate Larry Goodman for over €40m

Roller derby: the sport is relatively new in Ireland but is growing in popularity. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pobal concerned by weak performance and lack of information on future commitment

The rear of 30 North Great Frederick Street which is in danger of falling down. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Work under way to stabilise building once visited by James Joyce and Michael Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: has ordered a review of the building regulations because of what he said were “outlandish charges” being sought for inspections required under the new system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment says ‘outlandish charges’ sought for inspections under new system

Fr Peter McVerry: “The whole point why landlords won’t give rented accommodation to people on the rent allowance is because the rent allowance is too low.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Legislation to prevent discrimination of rent supplement tenants a ‘red herring’

Fr Peter McVerry SJ Director of the Peter McVerry Trust: “The refusal to increase the rent allowance means that that sector is shut off to homeless people and to others who are dependent on the rent supplement.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Homeless campaigner says private sector now ‘shut off’ to supplement dependants

The figures supplied to Dublin City Council show burglaries investigated by gardaí in Pearse Street, the State’s busiest Garda station, and Donnybrook in Dublin 4, increased by 30 per cent from the first quarter of 2014 to the same period in 2015.

83% increase in public order offences recorded and 30% jump in burglaries

Sunrise over Dalkey island. PegasusLife had sought permission to build six blocks of 57 apartments at Dalkey Manor a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Dalkey village

An Taisce said development was of an ‘unacceptably high density’

The baths, in use for more than 150 years, will not be reopened. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Artists’ studios, gallery and cafe instead of pool in refurbished Victorian building

Grangegorman squat: the site fell under the remit of Nama and is soon to be offered for sale through receivers Ernst & Young with a guide of €4.2 million. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mixed-use scheme with 220 apartments up to 11 storeys planned by Albion Properties

Dublin Fire Brigade was ‘not getting out’ of the ambulance service, Dublin City Council chief executive Brendan Kenny said yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

New central control centre could result in additional costs, says Dublin City Council

Plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin, from the Phoenix Park in the west to the Point Village in the east, are available to view at Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Four options available for Phoenix Park to Point Village path

Lambay Castle, parts of which are understood to date from 1467, was bought by the Baring banking family more than 110 years ago and has been in private use since

Baron Revelstoke wants to amend guest wing on Dublin island to attract ‘high-end’ visitors

Trader stalls on Moore Street:  The council has decided to go ahead with its improvement scheme. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Aim is to ‘bring order’ to markets where problems include vehicles and street cleaning

Fourth-generation trader Marie Cullen: “I think the council will be happier when we’re just gone.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Street left to slide into dereliction, say dismayed stall holders still exposed to elements

The Moore Street markets were once part of a labyrinth of outdoor fairs  which had operated in the north inner city for at least two centuries. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Council decides to modernise market area without delay due to urban deterioration

March 17th is Dublin’s least car-friendly day, with the St Patrick’s parade, festival and sports events meaning many  road closures and restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Events including All-Ireland Senior Club Championships in Croke Park to hit traffic

Teresa Ferreira and Miguel Gomes  from Oporto in Portugal dressed for the occasion on Sunday in Dublin  as the St Patrick’s Festival gets into full swing. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sunday’s showpiece in Dublin is the Big Day Out carnival in Merrion Square

Members of the public, residents’ associations and business representative groups have until March 31st to make their views known on the main litter problems, such as illegal dumping, dog fouling, abuse of litter bins, graffiti and illegal posters. Photograph: Alan Betson

Views wanted for new litter management plan which will be in force from 2016 to 2018

Grafton Street before the street was repaved.  Photo: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Work on Wicklow Street and Johnson Court due to start next month and be completed by late September

Dublin City Council intends to install CCTV along the route to deter anti-social behaviour and to fit lighting so the path can be used at night. Photograph: The Irish Times

European tour: Completed route will form Irish link for EuroVelo pathway to Russia

Silvia Brigada from Milan  but living in Dublin views  an original stained-glass artwork by Harry Clarke (which outraged the Irish government in 1930),   on display at  the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Naked woman artwork rejected by Irish government in 1930

Tenants could be living for €300 a month in Dublin 4, utility bills included, under expansion plans from Camelot Property Management. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

European property management company Camelot plans to expand operations in Ireland

Boarded-up flats at O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister Alan Kelly wants to house homeless families in 62 flats, councillors told

British developers PegasusLife propose to demolish Dalkey Manor and build six apartment blocks on an almost one-hectare site a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Dalkey village

Concerns raised by Department of Arts and Heritage

Dublin council offices:  council workers made claims for “needle-stick” injuries at work. Photograph: Scott Tallon Walker architects

Over 1,200 staff and public claimed for broken bones and face, back and needle injuries

The Derelict Sites Register was set up under legislation in 1990 to stop property owners from neglecting buildings and sites

Council is investigating 630 sites in city which could warrant inclusion on Derelict Sites Register

Derek Douglas, a painter with Dublin City Council, in the  fruit and vegetable market in the city centre which has received approval to be turned into a continental-style food market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Historic fruit and vegetable market will now offer continental-style food service

Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, Dublin, in 2011: it is the largest site on the list at 10 hectares. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

The 61 hectares of vacant or derelict land could be used for housing, shops and offices

The ESB offices from Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin

Five parties, including An Taisce, have appealed council decision to approve development

Irish Water managing director John Tierney: Why was Irish Water not highlighting this apparent conservation effect last November amid all the controversy over the introduction of water charges? Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish Water did not highlight the fall in water usage last October

Bewleys on Grafton Street: Plans for its redevelopment, costing more than €1 million, were lodged with Dublin City Council in recent weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Premises to reopen in six months but will trade on ground floor only with smaller offering

Minister for  Environment Alan Kelly: in October he announced developers would no longer be able to “buy their way out” of social housing obligations, but would be required to provide less social housing, at 10 per cent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Schemes get ahead of law stopping developers buying way out of social housing provision

 The council is to demolish all of the more than 300 flats in the complex, most of which are  empty, and to rebuild less housing on the site. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council to spend €12.5 million on social housing regeneration scheme

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin city centre. Two  councillors will not be asked to repay the costs of “excessive usage ” of council printing facilities to produce anti-water charge leaflets. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

PBP’s Tina MacVeigh and John Lyons printed some 140,000 anti-water charge leaflets

Figures obtained from Dublin City Council’s engineering department, but applying across Dublin region - which takes in one-third of the State’s population - show water usage was at its peak last September, which was to be the last month of free water. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

When charges were first to apply in October, use fell 20m litres daily in Dublin region

Social housing building schemes working to take people off city council’s housing list

Plans for a segregated cycle route along the river Liffey in Dublin city  will be available for public consultation from next week. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Segregated cycleway will run from Heuston rail station to Point Village

The GAA wants to use council-owned land to create a new main entrance to Croke Park (above, background) from Ballybough Road. The land is currently occupied by part of the Croke Villas estate, a 1960s flat complex on Sackville Avenue (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deal on stadium development agreed but requires approval of Minister for the Environment

Boland’s Mill: the concerns largely relate to the “architectural quality” of the new residential building, which planners say is not of the same standard as the two office blocks

Dublin City Council raises concerns about ‘architectural quality’ of project for historic site

The work is part of the Grafton Street Quarter Public Realm Plan published in October 2013, which envisages a €14 million investment over three years.

Council issuing tenders for repaving Chatham, Balfe and Harry Street

The Kilmore site, just east of the port tunnel entrance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Expressions of interest sought from investors and those in construction by Friday

Wholesalers aren’t opposed to the introduction of retail, said one trader, they are concerned because they think the council’s designs are ‘unworkable’

Council to spend €3m opening half of north inner city Victorian market to the public

More than one-third of revenues for retailers in Dublin city come from public transport users and walkers.

Car-based shoppers account for only €1 in every €5 spent in city, NTA research finds

The new path will be the first section of the planned Sutton to Sandycove cycleway to be built. Photograph: The Irish Times

Route to fill missing 2km of Dublin Bay path from Wooden Bridge to Causeway Road

The new menu will focus on serving hot drinks, baked items and cakes rather than hot food. Photograph: The Irish Times

140 staff to be made redundant and just 70 employees to be hired when cafe reopens

The Grand Canal near Harold’s Cross, where plans to build more than 200 apartments at the former St Clare’s convent and Bethany orphanage have been lodged with Dublin City Council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former St Clare’s convent sold last year

Four route options have been developed, three of which involve a two-way riverside path along the north quays of the Liffey

Segregated cycleway will run from Heuston rail station to Point Village

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive after Fr McVerry described the  Government’s social housing plans as ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Homelessness campaigner said Government’s housing plans are ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’

The retail market will aim to attract a range of food producers, including  greengrocers, serving goods to take home as well as to eat at the market.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Victorian fruit and vegetable market will have continental-style food outlets

The area under protection in Phibsborough village centres on the junction of the North Circular Road and Phibsborough Road, known as Doyle’s corner after the pub of the same name (above centre).  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Architectural Conservation Area status gives council legal basis to preserve buildings

 The Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020 includes a commitment to introduce a new scheme for the sale of social housing. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Tenant purchase discounts must not be reinstated, conference hears

Elderly tenants on Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list will next week begin moving into Fr Scully House, a complex of 99 apartments near Mountjoy Square. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Catholic Housing Aid Society will charge standard social housing rents to senior citizens

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