Brittas Bay,Co Wicklow: the county council claimed the new ‘modular’ dwellings were double the size of a traditional mobile home

A judge has allowed “extraordinarily foolish” holidaymakers who replaced their mobile homes with “modular houses” without planning permission to keep (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys: Limerick must submit its bid to her department in October.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Limerick City of Culture director Mike Fitzpatrick is to lead the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020, it has been confirmed.Widely re(...)

The Arlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

The basement kitchen of the Arlington Hotel on Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, was one of 12 food businesses in Ireland served with enforcement orders b(...)

One of the burned-out Cork County Council water service vans in the council yard in Bantry. Photograph: Tony McElhinney/Provision

Gardaí have begun an investigation after two water service vans belonging to Cork County Council were destroyed in an arson attack in Bantry, west Cor(...)

A fire-damaged Cork County Council Water Service van in Council Yard in Bantry. Photograph: Tony McElhinney/Provision

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the treatment of Tánaiste Joan Burton in Tallaght over the weekend as “disgraceful”, adding that behaviour by prote(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett of the Right2water campaign. The Government is “continuing to allow Irish Water to act in an outrageous manner, allowing them to attempt to secure the personal details of tens of thousands of households’ information”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Water has written to every local authority in the State seeking the names and addresses of all their council tenants. They have not asked for t(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Alan Kelly: “It is important that RAS tenants are informed of their obligations without raising any unnecessary concerns.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has acknowledged the language used in a letter sent by local authorities to Rent Allowance Supplement (RAS) te(...)

Micheál Martin: “All of that does not justify the yield of about €150 million. While I am not even suggesting this, putting 5 cent on a gallon of petrol would have raised the equivalent amount of revenue,” he said of the water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin challenged the scale of the financial return from Irish Water in Dáil exchanges with Tánaiste Joan Burton.He claimed(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton: expressed concern that Irish Water not dealing with customer queries ‘efficiently, reliably and in a timely way’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Water has rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil that performance-related payments or bonuses were paid to its staff this year. Fianna Fáil(...)