Fingal County Council has called on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to let local authorites reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15 per cent, due to concerns about house price increases. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council has called on the Minister for the Environment to let local authorities reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15(...)

Effects of pyrite on a house in Fingal. The presence of the mineral has been discovered in homes in the  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County Council areas. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Pyrite, a mineral which can cause severe structural damage to buildings, has been discovered in homes in Dún Laoghaire and south Dublin. Minister of S(...)

The unprecedented population surge during the boom years created a need for more childcare places in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Nicola Lynch, a mother of three from Malahide, is very worried. Her second child, Hugo, is due to start school in September but has yet to secu(...)