The house had gone on the market in 2018 for €450,000 but was recently offered for sale for €625,000 despite its condition having deteriorated in the intervening years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Council has revived plans to use playwright’s house for homeless accommodation

 Dublin city centre on Saturday evening Photograph: Gaillot et Gray/PA Wire

Pubs that flout Covid-19 restrictions will not be allowed to use tables and barrels outdoors

The  Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu proposed Dr Tony  Holohan for the honour in recognition of his work in leading the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic and as a representative of all front line workers. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Chief medical officer recognised for ‘enormous contribution’ to the State

A mock-up of Bartra’s proposed co-living development on the Old Navan Road, Dublin.

High Court decision on Bartra project hailed as ‘extraordinary victory’ for local residents

South Dublin County Council relies on rates for approximately 52% of its income – some €132m a year.

‘How the next government deals with financing will determine services into next year’

The OPW on Friday morning said it will not reopen all  the Phoenix Park gates on Monday, and has not set any future date for their reopening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Motorists set to face new restrictions in the coming months to ‘curb traffic volumes’

Dublin’s Grafton Street devoid of people as coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Photograph Alan Betson

Government yet to confirm if it will continue to subvent rate payments to local authorities

Road works continue on College Green, Dublin to removed a traffic lane and make cycling and walking in the city safer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Work to take traffic lanes out of College Green begins

Fegan’s 1924 Cafe is on  Chancery Street, a short walk from the Four Courts. Photograph: Google Street View

‘Legal eagles’ would have nowhere to go if Fegan’s near Four Courts closed - owner

The exterior of 422 North Circular Road, playwright Seán O’Casey’s last residence. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Council ‘not overly confident’ money to buy property could be secured due to Covid-19

Demolition under way on Ballymun shopping centre earlier this month. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Shops and apartments to be built on site which is designated as a future metro station

The RSA said on Friday that it would be next week before a decision was taken on the resumption of driving  tests. Photograph: iStock

More than 56,000 learners on waiting list and 36,000 of these have finished lessons

 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said work on the 3.6km route would start early next month and take about three to four weeks to complete. File photograph: Eric Luke

Council to introduce one-way system for cars along coast to facilitate ‘dramatic shift to cycling’

An affordable house purchase scheme will be “a matter of priority”, the programme for government says. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Land Development Agency might not develop private homes

Fewer people on the streets and increased illegal dumping have encouraged more rats into the open. Photograph: iStock

HSE rat-control services have been curtailed during the coronavirus pandemic

The measure  follows recent Garda statistics showing the number of calls for help relating to domestic violence increased 25 per cent this year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Those fleeing violence will not have to undergo means test for three months

A hairdresser at work this week in New Delhi, India. Hair and beauty salons were due to reopen in Ireland on July 20th but that date is now being brought forward. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

NPHET to meet on Thursday to review the WHO’s updated advice on face coverings

The Oliver St John Gogarty in Temple Bar, Dublin. Until now the use of public space by cafes, restaurants, pubs and other businesses has been highly regulated by Dublin City Council. File photograph: Getty

Applications open for tables and chairs on streets amid concerns from disability groups

Dublin city playgrounds are set to reopen today. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council is to open play areas after they have passed a safety inspection

The playground in the Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

No council supervision or cleansing regime planned, says Dublin City Council chief

The Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies at 10 Burlington Road, above, and 24 St Stephen’s Green  are two of the youngest buildings in Dublin to secure preservation status. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

24 St Stephen’s Green and 10 Burlington Road added to record of protected structures

No 40, Herbert Park, in Dublin 4, was the home of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, known as The O’Rahilly, the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in battle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Developers want to replace historic building at Dublin’s Herbert Park with apartments

 A playground at Seagrange Park, Baldoyle, Dublin which was closed in March due  due to the Covid-19  pandemic.Photograph: Alan Betson

Council says it does not operate supervised playgrounds so will not be reopening facilities

The OPW has decided to delay the reopening of perimeter gates into Phoenix Park until June 29th and will be keeping this under review. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I think there is a strong case to keep the perimeter gates closed in perpetuity’

Lulani Dalguise, a property company involving developer Bernard Doyle, is seeking to build in the grounds of Dalguise House off Monkstown Road.

Monkstown locals oppose housing proposal for grounds of 19th-century villa

Dublin City Council’s Covid-19 queuing rules are designed to prevent overcrowding on the city’s shopping streets, particularly pedestrianised areas such as Henry Street and Grafton Street (above).  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Owners must ensure queues do not exceed length of shopfront under council protocols

The low speed limit will apply to roads which previously allowed speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h and will include the Royal and Grand Canals. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public consultation on lowering speeds across the city to begin this month

The low speed limit will apply to roads which previously allowed speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Higher limits will only apply on some major roads on the outskirts of the area

The cycle route was proposed in 2012 as a two-way track running on one side of the road only. Photograph: Getty Images

Construction will require traffic diversion for up to two years

A newly-installed cycle lane and pedestrian lane installed on Ormond Quay by Dublin City Council, which reduces the usual two lanes of vehicular traffic down to one. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report moots opening of car parks on ‘periphery’ to enable access on foot and cycle

Bus-users are likely to see the biggest change, with buses diverted away from College Green.

City council, NTA want centre to be 'pedestrian, cyclist, public transport priority zone'

Ann’s Bakery:  market stall holders are “strongly opposed” to the outlet being made into a bookies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ladbrokes plan would replace Ann’s Bakery with third bookies outlet on historic street

Fire ravages part of Bull Island in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade called to extensive grass fire on Monday night

‘The park has been beautiful in recent times without traffic and shows what it could be like.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Since Covid-19 restrictions, people could only drive through amenity but not park there

The cycle lane on the road to Bull Island nature reserve, pictured on Monday. Photograph: Olivia Kelly

Cllr Donna Cooney says cycling and walking infrastructure is ‘unsafe’ and ‘insulting’

One in four Irish adults are drinking more since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced, a survey from alcohol industry-funded charity Drinkaware has found. Photograph: Jamie Grill/iStock

More than half now drink on a weekly basis saying it helps them to ‘relax and unwind’

Dog walkers at Dollymount Strand. Photograph: Alan Betson

Efforts to make dog walkers obey rules to safeguard birds in nature reserve ‘futile’

Relaxing in Phoenix Park as thousands seek to ban through-traffic on Chesterfield Avenue. Photograph: by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Park car parks to reopen on Monday for those living within 5km only

Mike Murray runs through Phoenix Park with his son Donnacha and spaniel Pip. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Parking will remain banned on Chesterfield Avenue

Irish entrepreneur Neil Sands said with a strong Irish supply chain, rather than relying on importation, costs could be kept down.

Masks will be provided ‘as close as possible to cost’

The number of women in emergency accommodation has been growing faster than men. Photograph: iStock

Research by Focus Ireland and Trinity shows increase in all types of homelessness

The National Parks and Wildlife Service  said the drones ‘will help us establish outbreaks and keep wild fires from spreading’. File photograph: Getty

This will be the second year technology used to monitor hot spots across high-risk areas

A view of the pedestrian and cycle lane on Inns Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Liffey cycle path work ‘an illegal act’ – Dublin City Centre Traders Alliance

The council had planned to cover the cost of the project by selling smaller depot sites.

After €20m project overrun, cost estimate now stands at €74m for Ballymun facility

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Loan needed after cost of new facility jumps to €74 million

Niamh Brennan, in foreground, and Alice Bentley outside the allotments in De Courcy Square, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Uncertainty over the reopening of allotments is ‘bad for growers’ mental health’

Normally clogged with traffic  College Green, Dublin now deserted due to Covid-19  pandemic. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin City Council will not seek planning permission for College Green traffic ban

It is understood the measures will remain in place for at least 12 to 18 months, with some likely to be retained on a permanent basis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Covid-19 measures could be retained in the long term after virus passes

The former Readymix concrete site on East Wall Road. Up to 90 apartments are to be built on the land. Image: Google Maps

Department approves construction on Ballymun, Collins Avenue and €23m ‘Readymix’ sites

Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin is listed under the city’s Record of Protected Structures. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Closure of historic cafe ‘rubs salt in the wounds’ of those affected by Covid-19 pandemic

Hawkins House is one of the last remaining buildings in the block bordered by Hawkins Street, Tara Street, Townsend Street and Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Contractors must submit bids to level former Department of Health headquarters next week

A Dublin City Council worker cleaning up illegal dumping at a recycling centre. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

City struggling under weight of dumped waste as street crews tackle refuse

 Minister for   Environment Richard Bruton said he was extremely concerned with reports of increased illegal dumping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Increase in dumping ‘a scourge on local communities’ says Minister

Rates for businesses in Dún Laoghaire and south-east Dublin had been due for review. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Value of all businesses in south-east Dublin for decade was due to be set in September

The council said parking rules and charges “have continued as normal and have never been suspended” during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clamping docklands workers ‘boneheaded’, says business group

Part of the proposed new cycle route along the Liffey at Aston Quay in Dublin.

Additional cycle and pedestrian spaces being introduced throughout the city

Irish Water has had to introduce night-time restrictions in Co Longford in the area supplied by Cairnhill reservoir, and in the Aran Islands “to allow reservoir levels to recover”

The utility says resource should be conserved for essential purposes following dry spell

An affordable housing scheme in Ballymun in north Dublin built by Ó Cualann Cohousing. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ó Cualann says it will restart work on second affordable housing project in Ballymun

A Covid-19 sign points to one of the exits from St Stephens Green in Dublin following its reopening on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Park governed by OPW closed following additional lockdown measures in March

A van parked in an area allocated for pedestrians on Dorset Street. Photograph: Olivia Kelly

Drivers continue to park in spaces now reserved to make extra space for pedestrians

Work is to restart in Cork city at three sites, with almost 100 homes in total due to be finished shortly at White Street, Blarney Street and Knocknaheeny.  Photograph: Getty Images

Construction to begin again at 35 ‘essential’ social housing projects in the State that are nearing completion

The McSharry and Kennedy building families want to build 105 apartments fronting onto Herbert Park, on the site of three Edwardian villas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Grandson of 1916 Rising leader seeks preservation of house amid apartment plans

Foxgloves in St Anne’s Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin City Council

Wildflowers flourish in parks and grasslands following reduction in mowing and chemical use

The Luke Kelly statue on guild Street, Dublin being cleaned after being defaced. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Despite recent episode of vandalism sculpture a ‘site specific work’, says Ruairí Ó Cuív

Paul McQuaid, of River Cycles, Ushers Island, Dublin repairing and servicing bicycles of Covid-19 frontline workers. “I’m very lucky to be able to fix bikes for these people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘For as long as anyone on the frontline needs it, I’ll keep going,’ says Paul McQuaid

 Dennis Keeley: “We have managed to keep all our fire appliances and ambulances in service, with the support of staff and by redeploying uniformed personnel to the front line.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Brigade recorded over 20% rise in calls to the emergency service in March

Coronavirus: Apartment owners are concerned about having people coming in and out during this particular period,  according to one resident. Image: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

Up to 80 projects ongoing despite construction restrictions due to pandemic

The council has removed traffic cones and signage placed by locals in Stoneybatter declaring a “temporary footpath” on Manor Street.

Locals in Stoneybatter placed cones and signage and declared a temporary footpath

Garda sources confirmed a decrease in street drug dealing in the city centre, adding there was anecdotal evidence some trade had moved to suburban Dublin. File photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis notes marked increase in dealing in Finglas and Ballymun

Construction sites would have to adapt to new ways of working, said Mark Cronin, associate director with Townmore. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Townmore construction says Government must not halt essential infrastructure projects

 Gardaí on patrol at Seapoint Park in  Dublin on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

‘There are people who don’t realise they’re breaking the rules, but there are others who are just chancing their arm’

An image of the proposed development at the former Techrete site in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Marlet

Development exceeds total number of homes proposed for Howth by Fingal council

Certain parts of Dublin city have seen a marked increase in the amount of gloves and masks being littered by people. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Litter increasing coronavirus risks Dublin City Council has said

Developer Johnny Ronan. An Bord Pleanála’s permission for his 13-storey tower in Dublin’s docklands remains open to a judicial review challenge for eight weeks. Photograph: Collins

High Court six weeks ago quashed board’s approval for 13-storey building

A nearly deserted Grafton Street amid movement restrictions due to coronavirus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses have come to standstill during pandemic

The Data Protection Commission has carried out an analysis of 40 Irish websites. Photograph: Getty Images

Popular Irish websites, including health-related sites are using third-party trackers

Liz Canavan: We heard the doctors telling us at the weekend that the next seven days are critical. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Free delivery of newspapers for vulnerable people by An Post begins

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer Department of Health. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Over 700,000 people receiving unemployment payments from State

Irish Times journalist selected for column on British prime minister Boris Johnson

Social Isolation: A walker on the strand with the Aviva Stadium in the background. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Garda instructs city council to close roads, dog walking facilities and allotments

A closed estate agents during the coronavirus outbreak. Flynn and Associates is offering free accommodation in unsold properties to doctors and nurses working during the Covid-19 crisis. File photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Initiative matches vacant properties with healthcare staff who need to live away from home

Footfall declined by 62 per cent on Dublin’s Moore Street. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business organisation calls for amendments to Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme

A worker cleans  seats in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre. Photoraph: Tom Honan

City council’s new Covid-19 forum will meet on Thursday

Rose  Cottage:  it  was vacated in the last decade and has fallen into disrepair.  Photograph: James Forde

OPW granted permission for Rose Cottage refurbishment after scrapping holiday rental plans

Coronavirus pandemic. Tom Gilligan of Mayo County Council says the emphasis of the initiative  would be on sourcing homes for key workers, and to assist people living in overcrowded accommodation. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

People could move to their holiday homes to free up housing near hospitals for medics

Goalposts lie on the turf at Hackney Marshes in London after Friday’s announcement that the Premier League has suspended all matches until Saturday April 4th, 2020. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Owen Keegan: ‘Not sure how much difference it would make, kids can still use jumpers for goalposts’

A quiet Grafton Street in Dublin city centre  due to  Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Businesses call for consumers to support Irish online outlets

A quiet Grafton Street  in Dublins city centre at the weekend.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Struggling companies will be dealt with ‘sympathetically’ , says head of finance

A quiet Grafton Street due to Covid-19  in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

St Patrick’s Day city centre numbers down 72 per cent on last year

Large yellow sandbags have been left in place along the Clontarf Road following flooding. Photograph: Alan Betson

New ‘dual wall’ plan does not adequately address concerns, councillor says

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has an ongoing campaign recommending motorists maintain minimum passing distances of 1m on roads with a speed limit under 50km/h and within 1.5m on roads with a limit of 50km/h or higher. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposed law on minimum passing distance scrapped last year due to AG’s concerns

Emma Geoghegan, Conor Sexton and Jutarat R Suwankeeree at the Nightmarket restaurant in Ranelagh in Dublin, which is providing a takeaway service.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regulations on takeaway use should be relaxed for Covid-19, industry body argues

 A message on Covid-19 in Merrion Square Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coronavirus: Tom Brabazon issues warning as he asserts city faces ‘microbial enemies’

Roseberry Investments has applied to An Bord Pleanála for a strategic housing development in blocks up to six storeys  at the back of the Bonnington hotel in Whitehall.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Build-to-rent apartment and other proposals for Bonnington discussed at ‘virtual’ meeting

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan ‘strongly cautioned’ against a moratorium on commercial rates and social housing rents ‘if we are to maintain city council services’.

Cash from rates and social housing rents key to running city, says council chief executive

St James’s Hospital said the demolition, which took place one week ago over the weekend, was necessary to ensure public safety. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin hospital says the houses were razed to ensure public safety

A homeless man in Dublin. Homeless services in the city hope that fewer hotel bookings by tourists will lead to cheaper rates. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Dublin Homeless Executive plan to ‘take advantage’ of cheaper hotel rates

Brendan Kenny, Dublin City Council’s head of housing, said the local authority does not plan to build the proposed homes itself, but will use instead approved housing bodies to provide the social housing element. Photograph: Alan Betson

Housing bodies could build 745 homes on nine sites, council’s head of housing says

City manager Owen Keegan said he understood the councillors’ “serious concerns”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Objections from existing residents and city councillors halt plans at four sites

The three southside sites are in Rathmines (100 homes), and the Liberties (120) and Tenters (3) in Dublin 8. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Three sites selected on Dublin’s south side and six on north side to yield 745 homes

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