Former minister for the environment Alan Kelly: his minimum apartment size standards have been deemed too small to be wheelchair accessible. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin City Council architect unable to design such apartments within size restrictions

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: the council’s deputy chief executive Brendan Kelly  said the Minister approved two new hostels weeks before Home Sweet Home went into Apollo House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Council official says provision of hostels was agreed before Apollo House occupation

Modular homes under construction in Ballymun. Of the  40 new homes built by Dublin City Council  last year, 22  were modular units in Ballymun. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Two PPPs delivering 221 apartments due to be completed this year delayed until 2019

Irish Water says the construction of a new treatment plant, along with other upgrades, will ensure the Vartry scheme meets all drinking water standards

Fears that upgrading water supply to Wicklow-south Dublin will ‘destroy’ Vartry river

Poolbeg peninsula: Windmill Lane Studios founder James Morris and film producer Alan Moloney want to develop an €80 million studio complex at the new Poolbeg strategic development zone, a 34 hectare site in the city’s east end. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Eamonn O’Reilly says he has seen no detailed proposals for studio on Poolbeg peninsula

A “mixed tenure” development of 584 homes is planned for O’Devaney Gardens, off North Circular Road. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Developers to be sought for O’Devaney Gardens, St Michael’s Estate and Oscar Traynor Road

Robert Moffatt at the  Peter McVerry Trust hostel at Ellis Quay, Dublin 7, which has  space for 70 people in two-, three- and four-bed rooms. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good quality, safe accommodation available, says Dublin City Council’s Brendan Kenny

Local authorities rejected more than 1,000 homes offered by Nama for social housing because of a lack of demand for housing in their areas. File photograph: Frank Miller

Local authorities refused homes offered by agency as there was ‘no demand’ for them

A new year’s message  on an interior wall of Apollo House in central Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fears about social housing concentration also leading councils to reject homes

Daithí de Róiste (Sinn Féin): “Where was the modular housing in Clontarf, where was Rathmines, where was Rathgar and Sandymount?”

Dublin City councillors express concern at over-concentration in disadvantaged areas

 Dalymount Park in Phibsborough will be demolished and a new all-seater stadium will be built on the site. Photograph: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

FAI will not contribute to redevelopment costs for proposed 10,000-seater stadium

Rubbish on Dublin’s North Circular Road: A new survey has noted a ‘disappointing deterioration’ in the cleanliness of the capital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) group to announce overall winner

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has not met his targets. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Ministers have made promises that local authorities have been unable to keep

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: at the beginning of November he committed to having “more than 300 rapid delivery homes under construction by year end”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Coveney vowed 300 homes would be built or under construction by end of 2016

To be hit with the levy,   sites must be bigger than 0.05 of a hectare, be “idle” for more than 12 months, be zoned for residential or regeneration purposes, and be in an area in need of housing.  Photograph: Eric Luke

At least 385 properties deemed eligible for land-hoarding levy payable from 2019

A view of the Poolbeg Peninsula in Dublin. Dublin Port company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has rejected plans for a Hollywood-style film studio in the area. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief executive rejects ‘mad’ proposal for Hollywood-style complex on the peninsula

 Niall Breslin (Bressie) and Dec Murphy of the Blizzards, who will perform on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three-day event will have free and ticketed concerts and events around the capital

Before: Hawkins House and Apollo House in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council-approved demolition paves the way for a rejuvenated ‘midtown’ in one of the shabbiest parts of Dublin city

Man stabbed in Dalkey on December 24th has since been released from St Vincent’s University Hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Victim in his 20s stabbed on Christmas Eve has been released from hospital

Apollo House on Dublin’s Tara Street which has been occupied by housing activists and homeless people. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Apollo House which has been occupied by Home Sweet Home to be part of €50m scheme

Now . . . Apollo House on Tara Street in Dublin, which has been occupied by homeless people and activists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Building occupied by homeless activists to be redeveloped as Dublin office ‘quarter’

Paddy McKillen jnr and Matt Ryan have been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála for 46 apartments, a cafe, pub, restaurant and shopping centre at the site of the former Kiely’s pub in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Paddy McKillen and Matt Ryan rethinking plan for Kiely’s pub site in Mount Merrion

It is understood  owners of  299 apartments in Longboat Quay will not have to contribute to fire safety costs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Agreement to be put to apartment owners but funds cover projected fire-safety work

 Property on Moss Street in Dublin 2 has been derelict for decades. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the midst of a severe housing shortage why do so many buildings in the capital, both publicly and privately owned, lie vacant?(...)

Between the canals in Dublin, 8,857 apartments and houses were deemed vacant by this year’s census enumerators. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Greater Dublin area contains more than 20,000 empty apartments and houses

The draft Poolbeg SDZ  scheme  will  fast-track planning for up to 3,000 homes at the former Irish Glass Bottle site in  Dublin 4

Dublin Port Company will not release any lands for film studio project backed by Bono

In total, 584 homes are planned for the old O’Devaney Gardens flats complex, 101 of which will be houses. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

City council proposes to sell former estates for ‘mixed tenure’ developments

The Irish Glass Bottle site at Ringsend is designated for around 2,500 homes in the Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ringsend Housing group said council could increase amount of social housing

Tenants of Tyrone Place in Inchicore say the council’s response to their complaints has failed to alleviate dampness problems. Photograph: Google Street View

Three-quarters of tenants in Inchicore complex complain of respiratory problems

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

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