Travellers provide negative reassurance that a culture deeply shaped by mass migration, and utterly neurotic about its sense of home, is “settled”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

If Travellers did not exist, Irish society would have to invent them. How else could the rest of us possibly be described as “settled people”? It esca(...)

The site of Carrickmines Castle, in Co Dublin: the omission of any reference to its national monument status from the Carrickmines Conservation Plan highlights the urgent need for review of heritage policy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Thirteen years ago, a small, diverse group of concerned citizens called “Carrickminders” entered the site of the Carrickmines Castle, south Dublin. We(...)

The entrance to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council Ballyogan depot car park, on the Ballyogan Road where a temporary halting site for the survivors of the Carrickmines fire is being set up. The survivors are expected to move in next Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Amid scenes of unspeakable sadness outside two churches this week, many members of the Traveller community were reluctant to express their anger. “It(...)

The scene at the funerals of Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Christopher, Jim and baby Mary at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The deaths of 10 people, including five children, at a temporary halting site two weeks ago must be a “watershed moment” in relations between the Trav(...)

Rockville Drive where the proposed site to house Travellers is located at the end of the road. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Carrickmines residents will today meet officials from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a seventh time amid continuing disagreement over the l(...)

The scene at Rockville Drive, Glanamuck Road, Carrickmines on 14th October. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Local authority officials have described ongoing talks with residents of a south Dublin housing estate over plans for an emergency halting site for th(...)

Willie Lynch, Tara Gilbert and Jodie (9) who died in the fire in Carrickmines.

Two boys, aged 14 and six, whose parents Sylvia and Thomas Connors died in the fire at Carrickmines on Saturday morning, remain in hospital. One is in(...)

An aerial shot shows the extent of the damage at the halting site on Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines. Photograph: Tom Honan/Irish Mail on Sunday

Fire brigades remained on the scene at the fatal fire at the Carrickmines halting site on Saturday for more than eight hours as crews fought to cont(...)

Fire officers at the scene of the tragedy at the halting site at Glenamuck road , Carrickmines, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in whose area 10 Travellers lost their lives on overcrowded halting site at the weekend, is one of 15 local aut(...)

Developer Michael O’Flynn. His company O’Flynn Capital Partners says the decision to refuse permission for 168 homes in Cabinteely was driven by bias and rooted in a row over an access road

Michael O’Flynn’s latest High Court case promises to be an interesting one. The developer, who successfully fought off global investment fund, Blackst(...)