Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

Of 2,697 homes planned for city, 1,722 will be built by council or housing bodies. Photograph: Thinkstock

Almost 2,700 new homes will be provided in Dublin city over the next two years through social housing building schemes to take people off the city cou(...)

The GAA wants to use council-owned land to create a new main entrance to Croke Park (above, background) from Ballybough Road. The land is currently occupied by part of the Croke Villas estate, a 1960s flat complex on Sackville Avenue (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A deal on a major new development at Croke Park stadium has been agreed between the GAA and Dublin City Council following three years of negotiations.(...)

A partnership set up to provide local rural, social and economic programmes in Co Meath has asked the High Court to quash findings that some €535,173 (...)

‘If you are discouraging people from calling 999 in the case of a genuine emergency, that is appalling policy that is inevitably geared towards putting human lives at risk,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost half of the €9.3 million owed to local authority fire services by Irish homes and businesses last year was not paid, figures reveal. Accordin(...)

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Hundreds of jobs will be lost and public services cut in some of the poorest areas under Government plans to change how community projects are funded(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive after Fr McVerry described the  Government’s social housing plans as ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive in his comments on the housing an(...)

Homeless trust founder Fr Peter McVerry said on Tuesday  for the “first time since the famine, we now have families sleeping in the streets, families with young children being told ‘there’s no accommodation available, you’re on your own’”.

A housing conference has been told the Government’s plan to provide 35,000 new social housing units by 2020 and end homelessness by 2016 are a “fantas(...)

 The Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020 includes a commitment to introduce a new scheme for the sale of social housing. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Government should not sell off “the family silver” by giving local authority tenants discounts to buy homes, the head of policy with Ireland’s la(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leaderM ary Lou McDonald: ‘Every day families with children and single people continue to present as homeless.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The memory of Jonathan Corrie hovers over the Dáil every time the plight of the homeless is mentioned.Corrie’s death, in a doorway opposite Leinster H(...)