Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

Codema home energy-saving kit

Pricewatch is walking around its house pointing a snazzy-looking laser gun at the walls, the floors and the ceilings, trying to establish if bad thin(...)

A man walks past shop fronts as flooding continues in Bandon, Co Cork, following storm Frank in December 2015. Photograph: PA

Cork County Council is to seek clarification from Inland Fisheries Ireland over its view that dredging of flooded rivers can only take place as an eme(...)

Loose windows: you should take steps to ensure that all of the individual apartment owners/occupants are notified so that they can have the opportunity to have their windows checked and re-secured if necessary

Q I live on the fourth floor of an apartment block. Recently one of the windows fell out on to my daughter who was standing in the kitchen (she hur(...)

More than one million people paid the local property tax last year in one lump sum – by a single debit authority, debit card, credit card, cash, cheque or postal order or through regular cash payments.

People who have not yet paid their local property tax (LPT) for 2015 or signed up to pay via monthly direct debits or employee deductions have been ur(...)

According to the director of Cork Simon Community Dermot Kavanagh, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of people sleeping rough in Cork, with 54 per cent more sleeping rough for one night or more in the nine months up until the end of September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A chronic shortage of housing is proving the single biggest barrier to people escaping homelessness, with almost half of those in emergency accommodat(...)

The Department of Social Protection conducted an analysis into the payments which found that a 10 per cent increase in limits would cost €31 million per year, of which €20 million would go towards people in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Homeowners who have yet to make arrangements to pay the non principal private residence (NPPR) charge have been urged to make contact with their relev(...)

On the issue of wall height, it is necessary to have planning permission if the height exceeds 2m at the sides and rear, and 1.2m at the front along the public road
Property Clinic

Q I am considering buying a three-bedroom semi-detached house. The garden adjoins the garden next door. I have a dog and would like to build a wall ar(...)

The good management of a multi-unit development includes excellent communication with members, procuring service providers that give value for money and dealing with issues promptly
Property Clinic

Q I have had a 30 per cent increase in my service charge, mainly, it appears, to cover non-payment by other home owners. I was wondering is it legal t(...)

Leylandii trees and hedges are 
particularly 
problematic in residential areas – they are fast growing, difficult to control 

and considerably reduce light to 

nearby windows
Property Clinic

Q We are having a dispute with our neighbour who as a result is threatening to plant mature leylandii trees on his side of a boundary wall. There are (...)