Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said about 1,000 more vacant houses and flats 
are to be renovatednext year, which would reduce the number of boarded-up units to the lowest levels possible
. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

  More than 2,000 vacant local authority flats and houses, some of which have been empty for years, have been refurbished in the last year(...)

Senator David Norris  said Dublin City Council’s record in protecting historic buildings is “lamentable”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

More than 90 per cent of complaints made this year in relation to the condition of protected structures in Dublin resulted in enforcement action bein(...)

The Wide Streets Commission was  responsible for much of the quays and the area around the Custom House

The 1963 planning Act – which introduced a national planning system – is seen as the advent of modern planning in Ireland. However, Ireland’s first pl(...)

The decline of so many historic buildings on streets such as North Frederick Street (above) or Gardiner Place could in part be attributed to the fact that they were split into flats and their owners often did not care about the living conditions of their tenants, said Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 5:34

A new development authority, modelled on the Wide Streets Commission of the 18th century, must be established to stem and reverse the decline of th(...)

The council also said it affords tenants every opportunity to avoid eviction. Tenants in arrears receive three warning letters and a phone call or visit to their home before an eviction notice. No action is then taken for six weeks during which time the tenant is again given an opportunity to enter into a payment arrangement.

Eviction notices were served on some 660 Dublin City Council tenants in 2014 for failure to pay their rent, but up to November just one household was (...)

In Dublin city’s priority development areas there is the potential for 5,400 homes, but the infrastructure cost is again high at about €6m. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 80,000 new homes could be built in Dublin on land that has been prioritised for residential development by the four local authorities, accor(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and John Tierney of Irish Water at the Ringsend water treatement plant. A number of sites in Dublin need infrastructure controlled by Irish Water before they can be developed for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inadequate water, sewage and transport infrastructure is holding back the development of about 20 large sites across Dublin that could provide 50,000(...)

The year opened with the news that the Dublin property market had turned a corner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Dublin housing market had a Bobby-Ewing-stepping-out-of-the-shower moment in 2014. That house-price crash, those fire-sale auctions, that negative(...)

Duty, Vat and penalties of just over €34,355 on goods to the value of almost €50,000 was collected at Dublin and Shannon Airports from passengers on US flights from the November 1st up to three days before Christmas this year.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Tax collected from Christmas shoppers arriving to Dublin and Shannon Airports from the US almost doubled this year, according to the latest figures fr(...)

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO of the Rape Crisis Centre, outside 70 Leeson Street Lower, the centre’s home for 28 years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:17

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is at risk of losing the Leeson Street premises that has been its home for the past 28 years, as it is being sold by a N(...)