Alan Maguire at the Ghost Estate Farmlea Manor Ferrybank, Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Alan Maguire and Carol Anne Kennedy live, with two dogs, on a small housing estate just outside Waterford city. The estate, just over the Co Kilkenny(...)

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior Coalition figures believe changes will have to be made to the structure of water charges to help “draw a line” under controversies surrounding (...)

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Child homelessness outside Dublin is increasing at almost three times the rate it is in the capital, the latest figures from the Department of Environ(...)

‘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(...)

Building regulations: Dublin local authorities have significantly added to the general national requirements, often dramatically pushing up the cost of construction in the process.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The shortage of available housing in Dublin is now acute. It is creating enormous social problems, not least the very worrying rise in homeless childr(...)

Roscommon County  Council paid €92,500 to three debt collection  agencies in 2014, far more than any other local authority.

Roscommon County Council spent more on third-party debt collection agencies than any other local authority last year, according to new figures. Resear(...)

The Government has announced a series of new requirement for event promoters in a bid to prevent a reoccurance of the Garth Brooks scenairo when tickets were sold before planning was secured.

Event promoters will be required to hold consultation with local authorities and interested parties before advertising a concert, the Government has a(...)

Connemara, west Galway. A Connemara-based community organisation’s action over alleged gerrymandering in Galway County Council’s voting process in choosing a provider of certain services can proceed, the High Court has ruled. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A Connemara-based community organisation’s action over alleged gerrymandering in Galway County Council’s voting process in choosing a provider of cert(...)

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year. Photograph:  Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year statistics published by the Department of Environment show. One in five (...)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: said the Department of the Environment had not yet released any of the funding pledged

Dublin City Council is offering sleeping bags to homeless people instead of emergency accommodation, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin social protection s(...)