“The Government is looking at holding at least three and possibly five (or more) referendums in 2015,” documents submitted to the  Minister for the Environment state. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of the Environment expects that several referendums could be held next year, according to briefing documents submitted to new Minist(...)

The increase from 5,000 to 6,000 new homes is largely due to additional funding of €20 million this year to bring vacant local authority houses and flats back into use. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Up to 6,000 new homes are expected to be available by the end of this year to some of the 90,000 people on social housing waiting lists, according to(...)

The controversial shopfront at Supermac’s restaurant in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fast-food chain Supermac’s has been ordered to remove the shopfront and signs from its Temple Bar outlet because they are too “traditional” in style.(...)

New legislation in February 2011 made aggressive begging an offence liable for prosecution

Tourists dining “al fresco”are being harassed by aggressive beggars, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said.The association has support(...)

Flower sellers beside the Spire, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) must be enforced to take drug-dealers and persistent beggars off Dublin streets, the chief executive of a city bu(...)

Almost half the zoned land is to the north of the capital in Fingal, which has the potential to provide more than 21,000 homes when units already having permission are included. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Dublin has enough zoned land for more than 46,000 new homes, according to a taskforce set up under the Government’s Construction 2020 strategy.The hou(...)

The ESRI has forecast that 54,000 new homes are needed in Dublin over the next seven years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

It has been a week of shocks and revelations about the housing market, particularly in the capital.The ESRI forecast 54,000 new homes were needed in D(...)

The beach at Portrane: Fingal County Council has advised the public not to swim at several north Dublin beaches due to health concerns over water pollution

Swimming has been stopped at some of Dublin’s most popular beaches following the failure of sewage pumping stations across the north of the county. F(...)

The ESRI report says an average of 12,500 new homes needs to be built every year

Only 2,000 new homes will be built in the Dublin area this year despite the urgent need for housing in the capital, Construction Industry Federatio(...)

The children’s playground and buildings at Mountjoy square Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans to remove a creche, community centre and sportsgrounds from the centre of Mountjoy square and restore the park to its original Georgian design (...)