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(...)

The 2014 National Litter Pollution Report found that “ cigarette-related litter” accounted for almost 55 per cent of litter. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Cigarette butts and packets remain the most common type of litter found on Irish streets, according to the Department of the Environment’s annual litt(...)

Pierre Cousteau, director of Cousteau Foundation and son of Jacques Cousteau with Simon Coveney TD Minister for the Marine at the Harnessing our Ocean Wealth conference in Cork Harbour. Photograph: Darragh Kane

French explorer, film-maker and diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau once said that “if the sea dies, man dies”, and his youngest son concurs. However, moralis(...)

Cracks in the outer wall of a house affected by pyrite. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The keys have been handed over to the owners of some of the first houses repaired under the Government’s €10 million pyrite resolution scheme. Residen(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time since the homelessness crisis began last year. The latest figures fr(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Water provisions, which ensure a house cannot be sold until charges are paid, have been introduced to bring “clarity and certainty for landlords(...)

One of the aims of the capital spending plan will be to try and make more land suitable for private housing development to help with the housing crisis, especially around Dublin.

The Coalition is set to use its capital spending plan, to be announced later this summer, to invest in projects which would free up more land for priv(...)

10-12 Trinity Street, Dublin: planned conversion of the former information showrooms is likely to attract interest from a range of international fashion traders

The rapidly improving fortunes of the Grafton Street/Wicklow Street area of Dublin city are to get a further boost with news that the long-running sho(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “Our neighbours have been set much more ambitious 2030 targets and they will lead the transition to this new clean economy. We will miss out”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland looks set to secure a more lenient emissions reduction target as part of the next EU climate deal, primarily to reflect the State’s high depe(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)