The Fianna Fáil/Green cabinet was told in 2009 the average cost of providing domestic water services to households at the time was about €348 a year.(...)

Labour Senator John Whelan. Mr Whelan has called for wind farm decibel levels  to be considered in the drafting of new energy regulations.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decibel levels experienced by people living near wind farms should be considered in the drafting of new regulations, Labour Senator John Whelan has sa(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 1,000 children in Dublin are homeless and living in emergency accommodation, the latest official figures show. The figures, from the Dublin Re(...)

Dublin City Council had drafted its 2015 budget when the decision to exempt Irish Water from rates was made and had included a sum of €17.5 million in expected rates income on the water and drainage network

Dublin City Council is seeking €17.5 million from the Government for commercial rates the council claims are owed on infrastructure taken over by Iris(...)

The ESRI  estimates that the Republic needs to build between 19,000 and 33,000 new houses a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Republic’s housing crisis may be worse than is believed because the Government is overestimating the number of new homes being built, a new report(...)

Plan involves local authority supplements to prevent 25,000 home repossessions. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Irish Mortgage Holders’ Organisation wants the Government to introduce a State-sponsored split mortgage that would allow local authorities to su(...)

Smoking in bed was highlighted as a particular risk. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

  A disproportionately high percentage of pensioners die in house fires in the State, according to a review of a decade of statistics on f(...)

Cigarettes were the suspected cause in a quarter of cases, electrical appliances were suspected in 18 per cent of cases and electric blankets in 3 per cent. Matches, candles and chip pan fires were the next most likely causes

Cigarettes were the suspected cause of a quarter of fatal fires an analysis of a decade of statistics shows. A total of 366 deaths connected to(...)

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly and Minister for State Paudie Coffey at Lord Edward Street, Limerick, where they announced housing targets for each local authority area. Photograph: Press 22

The target of providing more than 20,000 new social housing units by the end of 2017, announced yesterday by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, (...)

Up to 80 supporters from Galway handed in a petition yesterday as part of a new ‘Save Forum Connemara’ campaign. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government has inflicted another “blow to local democracy” through its reconfiguration of programme funding for social inclusion, a Connemara(...)