Department of the Environment sources indicated that the changes will produce at least 4,000 extra units of social housing between now and 2020. Photograph: PA

A significant increase in housebuilding is expected in coming months as builders take advantage of new, reduced requirements for the provision of soci(...)

A spokesman for JJ Rhatigan said the firm disagreed with the finding and planned to appeal the decision on the workers’ status. Photograph: Getty Images

A State authority has determined that a number of construction workers on a Government-funded school building project were employees and not self-empl(...)

Since the crash, banks have been hesitant to lend to builders even as borrowing costs for banks plunge. (Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

Alan Merriman used to chase Irish real-estate developers around Dublin, competing with other bankers to lend them money before the market’s crash dev(...)

‘We need to learn from this. We can’t keep building crap.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin’s motto is obedientia civium urbis felicitas (the citizen’s obedience is the city’s happiness). This is perhaps the most unDublin motto ther(...)

Capital plan: Studio apartments, for rent only, could be built in Dublin if proposals for are accepted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

New studio apartments, for rent only, could be built in Dublin if proposals for the next city development plan are accepted by councillors. The propos(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: wrote to council chief executive Owen Keegan last month. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

In December 2007, Dublin City Council changed its development plan to increase the minimum size of one-bedroom apartments to 55sq m and restrict apart(...)

Sinéad Pembroke works in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery: “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A global shift has taken place since the financial crisis to more insecure jobs, according to the International Labour Organisation. Labour experts(...)

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

A construction summit in Dublin on Tuesday will bring together some of the leading figures in the industry at a time of renewed optimism in the sector(...)

IPAV president Eamon O’Flaherty:  “Rural Ireland has been decimated in recent years”

A proposal to revitalise the country’s rural towns and villages will be put forward by incoming Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPA(...)

Former CIF director general Liam Kelleher (left) with ex-Progressive Democratic  minister and incumbent CIF director general Tom Parlon arriving at the Banking Inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Donations by members of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to political parties did not influence government decisions, the bank inquiry was t(...)