A ban on flat annual charges is set to come into force on July 1st next year but it is worth trying to save some money in the meantime. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s almost impossible to avoid paying them, but for many of us, finding the most competitive deal on bin charges is a challenge. If you’re looking fo(...)

Environment Minister Alan Kelly: said the inspections system imposed too great a cost burden on builders of single homes and “outlandish” fees were being sought by certifiers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Builders of one-off houses can from Tuesday opt out of building control regulations introduced last year to protect homeowners from shoddy construct(...)

Last year 11,016 housing units were built in Ireland, a lower figure than in the year records began, 1970, when 13,887 houses were built. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Residential construction reached its nosebleed-inducing height in 2006, when 93,419 houses and apartments were built across the State. It plummeted to(...)

“This is a highly deplorable incident,”  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said over the sending of a suspicious package sent to his constituency office. “It is not something any office of any occupation should have to deal with at any time.”  File photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has condemned whoever sent a threatening package to his constituency office. A package, containing a suspiciou(...)

The constituency offices (left) of Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (right)  in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. File photographs: Google Street View/PA Wire

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has strongly condemned the sending of a threatening letter to his constituency office. A package containing a (...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland must invest in women if communities are to flourish, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. In a letter to Minister for Envi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with Alice Leahy, director of Trust, a charity providing medical and related services for people who are homeless, during a visit to the organisation’s Dublin premises. Photograph: PA

Greater co-operation from other Government departments was needed to tackle the homelessness crisis, Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly has said(...)

Homelessness is top of the news agenda again. Why is that? The number of families becoming homeless, especially in Dublin, has been going up since (...)