Renewing rural ireland

We all know what Éamon de Valera’s vision of Ireland was – “a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages w(...)

“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(...)

Richard McAuley’s employment  was transferred to the State after 2011. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

The days of the Galway Tent are long gone. These days political parties are far more upfront and candid about their finances. Perhaps it reflects the (...)

In June, not long after the local elections,  councillors decided to amend the plan so that there would be a minimum distance between homes and wind turbines equivalent to 10 times their “tip height”. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told Donegal councillors to drop recent amendments to the county plan that would place new restrictions o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton speak to reporters at the publication of the Action Plan for Jobs in Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny does not accept there is a property bubble following the release of new figures which show a 24 per cent increase in property pri(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, Taoiseach Enda Kenny Tanaiste Joan Burton  and Minister of State Gerald Nash gave a press conference today to publish the latest quarterly report on the Action Plan for Jobs. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Up to 65,000 jobs have been created under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Speaking at the public(...)

 Mark Kennedy, chairman The Homeless Oversight Group, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy  and Mark Byrne, CEO, at the launch of the Focus Ireland Annual Report, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

One family a day is ending up homeless despite repeated Government pledges to tackle the housing crisis, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the launc(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the housing supply should be “dramatically increased” to tackle the homelessness cr(...)

Deputy Labour leader Alan Kelly: “Isn’t it quite amazing we have a need for more private housing considering we were building almost 100,000 a year a few years ago?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has ruled out introducing rent controls for now as a response to rapidly increasing sale and rental prices (...)