Hector Ó hEochagáin launches  Healthy Town 2016 in Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co Meath last September. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A project aimed at raising awareness of health and wellbeing has led to an increase in people taking exercise and eating a healthy diet, a new survey(...)

An example of Fuchsite, a silicate-type rock containing mica. File photograph: Getty Images

The Health Service Executive says there is no evidence that a mineral blamed for defects in hundreds of houses in three counties also has ill-effects (...)

Gerry Adams, who this year said: “My teddy bears are virgins.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician of the Year: Is there one? It was a very disjointed time on the political front. For the best part of the first six months, sitting TDs a(...)

Simon Coveney’s “rent predictability” plan sets out proposals for so-called “rent pressure zones” and imposing limitations on the level of rent increases allowable on residential properties in these zones. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney offered to outline areas outside Dublin and Cork that would have their assessment for rent caps brought forward in (...)

Legislation to facilitate the Government’s housing and homelessness action plan is a ‘developers’ charter’, an Independent TD has said. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Legislation to facilitate the Government’s housing and homelessness action plan is a developers’ charter and will intensify the crisis, an Independent(...)

The Islamic Cultural Centre in  Clonskeagh: the centre had “provided strong leadership over many years”, said Minister David Stanton. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh has been praised for exploring “new ways to embed a culture of respect for diversity” in Ireland, w(...)

This week a rental report showed rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.7% in the year to September

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said he will be publishing a new strategy for the rental sector next month which will aim to address high rent(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan said it took a BBC programme, which highlighted the activities of a farm in Co Cavan, to force any action from local authorities. Photograph: Alan Betson

County managers have been accused of breaching the law and failing to act against puppy farms which can have up to 500 dogs on them in “absolute squal(...)

Minister of State Damien English:  ‘I’m the type of person who puts on weight if I even look at the label on a packet of sweets.’ Photograph: Paul Jones.

The Fine Gael think-in last month was the first serious test for Damien English, Fine’s Gael’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal. First(...)

Fianna Fáil TD and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming has claimed there is a “bit of bribery” involved in the rolling out of a library service with no staff(...)