Overall, there was a 4 per cent national decrease in project commencements last year compared to 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

The number of new homes and extensions being built is expected to rise this year with an increase in planning applications recorded in at least(...)

There were 624 new builds at the start of 2013 nationwide, compared to 726 a year earlier. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The recent bad weather could be to blame for a 14 per cent drop in the number of new homes and extensions being built. The national (...)