Paudie Coffey, Minister of State with responsibility for housing and planning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A package of measures aimed at breathing new life into towns and city centres blighted by shop closures and vacant sites is set to be announced by th(...)

Changing demographics: A majority feel our immigration policies should be made more restrictive (53 per cent), but these numbers have also fallen. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Attitudes towards immigration have hardened since the economic crash, a new survey indicates.The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 people carried (...)

The initiative allows mortgage holders to surrender their homes to a not-for-profit housing association, which then rents it to the original owners

The Government is considering widening eligibility rules for its mortgage-to-rent scheme as part of a series of measures aimed at tackling the home re(...)

Seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade  were called to the scene. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A man in his 50s has died following a fire at a terraced home in Dublin’s Stoneybatter. An elderly woman was also seriously injured and is being trea(...)

Irish Refugee Council chief executive Sue Conlan said moves to improve access to third level for asylum-seeking students were a step in the right direction. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1,500 asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been rejected are likely to benefit from the right to reside here under proposals being(...)

The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) conducted an unannounced inspection at the HSE-run St Peter’s Services in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath last December following concerns over the safety and welfare of residents. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A HSE-run care unit for people with disabilities was told to cease admissions and transfer residents that it was unable to care for following a highly(...)

A screengrab from secretly recorded footage in Swinford’s Áras Attracta residential care centre shows a worker putting a blanket over a resident’s head after the latter made noise looking for attention. File photograph: RTÉ

The Áras Attracta disability centre in Co Mayo is at the centre of fresh criticism over care standards following an unannounced inspection by the Heal(...)

The State has some of the highest childcare costs in Europe. Latest figures indicate a typical dual-earner family with two young children is paying more than one-third of their income on childcare. The average cost across the EU is between a quarter and a half of the Irish average. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a hig(...)

UPC and Eircom currently broadcast the channel and Saorview told the Oireachtas it would like to add it to its free-to-air platform.

Saorview, the State-funded digital television service, has told the Oireachtas it will cost more than €500,000 to broadcast Dáil and Seanad debates o(...)