Part of the Clontarf flood defence wall will be lowered at a cost of €500,000

Dublin City Council to spend €500,000 lowering controversial flood defence

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: said he could “speak with confidence” about the number of social homes provided in 2017. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing admits he cannot put an accurate number on private houses built

 The agency recommended that interventions to prevent people “presenting as homeless” would be beneficial “where there is a potential for a perverse incentive for households to present as homeless in order to secure social housing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Report to government predates Conor Skehan’s ‘gaming the system’ comments by two years

Numbers living in emergency accommodation also rose last year compared with 2016. Photograph: Collins

Few homeless families and individuals got permanent tenancies in council flats

 University College Dublin, Belfield. Photograph: Alan Betson

University’s project is the first to be approved under new ‘fast-track’ planning process

To be hit with a levy, sites must be bigger than 0.05 of a hectare, be ‘idle’ for more than 12 months, be zoned for residential or regeneration purposes, and be in an area in need of housing. Photograph: Eric Luke

Move leaves Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown as only Dublin council not to list vacant properties

“We can get incredible value, because we’re buying in bulk.” Conor Skehan, chairman of the Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Spend of €67m on 260 houses, 114 apartments under Rebuilding Ireland scheme

The scene of the subsidence on Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, due to digging underneath. Dublin City Council has closed the road between the Merry Ploughboy pub and Tibradden Road to carry out “emergency” stabilisation work. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

Work destabilised scenic Edmondstown Road, which leads to the Dublin mountains

The vacant site owned by the Law Society of Ireland on Benburb Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fingal and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown still assessing lands a year after list began

 Conor Skehan, chair of the Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin councillor says her remarks that some made themselves homeless ‘taken out of context’

After a dispute with local residents, Dublin City Council agreed to reduce the height of the seafront wall by up to 30cm along almost half a kilometre opposite St Anne’s Park. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Flood barrier finished last year to be altered to provide better views for passing motorists

Councillor Ciarán Cuffe tabled a motion  calling on Owen Keegan and his staff to ‘manage city centre traffic’ in a way that ‘safely supports‘  transport needs ‘ in a sustainable manner’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘City cannot wait for an indefinite period’ for An Bord Pleanála hearing

Conor Skehan said the Government may have “unwittingly” encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system by prioritising homelessness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council says Eoghan Murphy should ‘immediately’ appoint successor

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy last October said the Ó Cualann development  provided an “excellent model” from which he was developing a new national affordable housing scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Buyers eligible for ‘affordable housing’ may get range of homes for under €200,000

Architect images for the proposed College Green civic space: An Bord Pleanála has cancelled the hearing on the €10 million plaza project.

Opposition to plaza from Dublin Bus and chamber of commerce always evident

 Street advertising  in Temple Bar, Dublin. Restaurants, cafes and bars must have a licence from the city council to put tables and chairs on the footpath outside their premises  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin council turned blind eye to unlicensed tables, chairs and placards during Luas works

Traffic at College Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Emergency motion calls for council chief executive Owen Keegan not to restrict traffic

Conor Skehan has been reappointed as  chair of the Government’s Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Official recently said that families ‘gaming’ housing system by saying they are homeless

Architect images from last May for the proposed College Green civic space: An Bord Pleanála has now cancelled next week’s hearing on the €10m plaza project

Cars and taxis facing ban, with curbs on bus transit in Dublin’s College Green

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said: “The suggestion that we can run buses east and west [at College Green] and sustain a reliable high-quality Luas cross city and a high level of pedestrian priority at city centre signals? It just can’t be done – and I think the evidence of the first week of the Luas supports that.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Public hearing postponed due to errors in November newspaper notice

“People conflate words like ‘rough sleeping’ and ‘homeless people’, and conflate ‘beggars’ and ‘rough sleepers’.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Conor Skehan calls for performance targets for homeless charities to justify State funding

 Owen Keegan: “Continuing to facilitate east-west traffic on College Green is inconsistent with the satisfactory operation of Luas.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Owen Keegan ‘disappointed’ at attitude of Dublin Bus and Chamber of Commerce

Housing Agency’s outgoing head, Conor Skehan, has said the Government may have ‘unwittingly’ encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Housing chief says families may be declaring themselves homeless to jump up waiting list

People benefiting from rising property prices will complain their offspring cannot afford to buy houses in the current market, says Conor Skehan. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Cash buyers likely to withhold second homes from rental market, says Conor Skehan

And they’re off: Doors open for the start of the Arnotts Winter Sale on St Stephen’s Day on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deal hunters brave early-morning cold on Stephen’s Day for post-Christmas crackers

There were delays on sections of the Cross City Luas during its first morning rush hour on Monday. Photograph: Collins

When longer trams come into operation, frequency of services ‘should be restored’

Just under 30 per cent of all families cited relationship breakdown as the cause of their homelessness. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More people cite ‘family circumstances’ than eviction as main reason for homelessness

Food parcels being prepared after a Christmas Day dinner for people in need in the RDS. Photograph: Frank Miller

Family circumstances and loss of private rental accommodation among key factors

Councillors voted to rescind their 2000 decision to bestow the Freedom of the City on Aung San Suu Kyi. Photograph: Aung Shine Oo/AP

Councillors vote to strike Myanmar leader from roll of honour

Dublin Bus  wants to keep running buses through College Green, describing Dublin City Council’s plaza plan as “socially regressive”, and has suggested the plaza be built on one side of the road only. File photograph: Google Street View

Public hearing on proposal to build €10m pedestrian and cyclist plaza due in January

Adjusting the lights on College Street for the Luas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Malfunctioning traffic lights contribute to city-wide gridlock during morning rush hour

 Traffic backed up from Pearse Street to College Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin choked on its traffic and failed cope with cross-city movement this morning

House prices were most modest along the Luas Cross City line, with the city centre section from Dawson Street to Westmoreland commanding the highest prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Daft survey finds buyers living along Dart lines still pay the most for their homes

The apartment complex at 181-187 Townsend Street in Dublin will be redeveloped to provide housing for homeless adults. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Townsend Street complex will provide permanent homes to 18 homeless adults

Dublin Chamber says it is “vital” that College Green continues to function as a “transport artery” after the plaza is built. Photograph: Getty Images

City’s largest business organisation backs Dublin Bus’s appeal against plaza plans

Since the Red and Green lines opened in 2004, they have been extended three times. Photograph: Getty Images

Trams to Lucan and Bray were proposed in 2008 but variety of factors led to plans being shelved

Plaza planned for College Green: “It’s a radical change in how we see the city centre and that doesn’t happen very quickly.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shifting logics on bus routes have stalled the creation of city centre plaza

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced in October that the new €1 billion national paediatric hospital will be known as Phoenix  Children’s Hospital Ireland

Arizona hospital warns Dublin hospital not to leverage ‘our name and goodwill’

NTA chief executive Anne Graham said new signs would be installed advising cyclists to dismount at the Luas tracks at  the end of Dawson Street. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin City Council refuses to sanction bicycle ban on Luas cross city line

The cost of the systems varied but could be in the range of €800,000 per kilometre, not including the costs of replacing the rubber strips when they wore out,

Rubber inserts could prevent bicycles getting caught in track grooves

The buildings, two on Moore Street, one on Moore Lane and two on Henry Place, are scheduled for demolition to make way for the €1.25 billion Dublin Central shopping complex. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin City Council has been unable to gain access to buildings

The Luas Red Line Trials, Sandyford - St Stephen’s Green driver Alan Heffernan in Harcourt Street.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Shared running with other vehicles on city streets may cause delays and safety problems

An automated red-light camera was introduced at the junction of Blackhall Place and the Luas Red Line in 2015 following a series of collisions. Photograph: Getty Images

Red-light cameras could be installed at Luas junctions

The  Luas Cross City on College Green passing Trinity College en-route to Nassau Street. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Luas Cross City arrives next week, €2m under budget, but with fears for cyclists’ safety

Callum Butler(8) with Supt Thomas Murphy and Insp Ronan Barry at the announcement of  an expanded 30km/h speed-limit in designated Dublin city zones. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Move comes as evidence emerges that drivers are failing to slow down in designated areas

The needle exchange at Merchants Quay drop-in centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drugs facility would require planning permission, adding layers of complication

Drogheda teenager Joella Dhlamini tracked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for the day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unicef’s global #KidsTakeOver candidate shadows Varadkar for World Children’s Day

The foundation stone for new social homes in Clongriffin, Dublin, fell over and broke shortly after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had left the stone-laying ceremony.

'We’re starting from a very low base, there’s no point in dressing it up in any way'

Homeless people are “quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle they have”, Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Eileen Gleeson said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long-term homelessness results from years of ‘bad behaviour’, says senior official

A homeless man sleeps  outside the Custom House: the Dublin Region Homeless Executive spends €96m a year funding 22 non-governmental organisations which provide 88 services to Dublin’s homeless. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Crisis cannot be solved by volunteers, says head of Dublin’s homeless services

In 2017 the council budgeted just over €119 million for homelessness, although this has been revised upwards and is expected to reach €134 million by the end of this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Nearly 50% of budget increase to be absorbed by homelessness crisis

Luas Cross City tram testing at College Green, Dublin:  buses will continue to travel to and from Dame Street for the time being.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council had hoped decision would come before start of new Luas operations

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: described treatment of council in relation to LPT as “disappointing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tax exemption for new homes needs attention ‘to remove inequity’, says Owen Keegan

John Tierney was paid a €200,000 annual salary when he was appointed to Irish Water in 2013 on a three-year contract.

Former Irish Water managing director owed €573,000 since April 2016

Age Action spokesman Gerard Scully says older social housing tenants are “not house-blockers” and should not be forced out of their family homes. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

One in five tenants occupy houses too big for their needs, finds Dublin council report

Independent Alliance Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, who is in Thailand on Government business, could not be reached for comment on his brother’s interview. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Independent Alliance Ministers ‘ganged up on’ over Korea trip – McGrath

An organisation that applied for the tender said objections to the facility were misguided.  Photograph: PA.

Dublin City Council says centre where addicts can inject under supervision requires planning permission

Independent Alliance TD Finian McGrath has said he and his colleagues were ‘ganged up on’ over their mooted visit to North Korea. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Independent Alliance TD concerned at ‘lack of balanced thought in modern Irish society’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is expected to seek Cabinet support not to oppose a private members motion from Sinn Féin seeking a National Car Test-style inspection system for rental properties. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Landlords to register and certify compliance with fire-safety and rental benchmarks

The extreme overcrowding in rental accommodation was highlighted in an RTÉ Investigates programme. Photograph: RTÉ

Council is reliant on receiving complaints, according to deputy chief executive

Architect images for the College Green civic space: Dublin Bus wants to keep running buses through College Green.

Delay means buses will still cross Luas line when trams start operating in December

In a joint statement the charities asked that those who can afford to would forego the refund and would consider using the money to help Ireland’s 8,000 homeless people, more than 3,000 of whom are children. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community, and Focus Ireland establish project fund

The plans propose an “upgrading” of the existing tower block instead of its demolition. The developers said they could not put forward a proposal to raze the office block because they do not own two of the businesses underneath it, a Tesco supermarket and an Eddie Rockets restaurant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 340 student beds planned beside 1960s tower, which will not be demolished

Bord Fáilte building: “architecturally interesting” example from the early 1960s period or in  “very harsh” relationship with Baggot Street,  ignoring  the line of the Grand Canal.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Heritage loss’ claims made for Robin Walker structure deemed ‘poor’ piece of urban infill

The current contract for cash collection was agreed at a time of “historically low” costs and high demand for coin, says Dublin City Council. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

To recoup costs, Dublin City Council warns city centre parking could cost €4.15 per hour

Archive image from 2013 of Dolphin House flat complex in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin. While refurbishment is under way, other sites might benefit more from new builds. Photograph: David Sleator

Blocks in need of ‘significant regeneration’ should be knocked and replaced, says council

The development would involve the demolition of most buildings between the Abbey Street and Liffey Street entrances to Arnotts department store. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 300-year-old house near Ha’penny Bridge is to be demolished for 365-bedroom hotel

Dublin City Council says it has been unable to hand over keys to families because their  houses are not connected to essential services. Photograph: Getty images

ESB and Gas Network Ireland claim they have connected houses

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: said there had been a reduction in families living in hotels since the “high point” last March, with more “family hub” accommodation available.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of children in Dublin without place to live increased to 2,416

Catherine Corless after receiving the Bar of Ireland’s Human Rights Award in recognition of her work in relation to the Tuam mother and baby homes. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Children’s bodies found at Tuam mother and baby home should be exhumed, says Corless

The abandoned Sentinel building in Sandyford:  a beacon of the recession, it is   to be turned into 294 “office suites” following   Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s granting of  permission. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Shell of abandoned 14-storey tower in Sandyford an eyesore for decade

An online petition headed ‘Save The Iveagh Gardens’ has attracted more than 10,000 signatures in less than a week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

A number of trees will be felled to accommodate the development

Construction at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. The housing problem “offers the potential for spectacular failure if policy interventions are inappropriate”, Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Constant changes to policy lead to market uncertainty, Housing Agency chair says

Green Party  councillor Ciarán Cuffe: “There is plenty of land to develop on, or housing capacity to be added, without threatening parks.”

Owen Keegan urges apartment construction on 'useless spaces’ in Dublin housing estates

Dublin needed more homes, at higher densities, he said, but existing homeowners were not supportive of measures needed to provide these homes. Photograph: iStock

Dublin City Council chief questions amenity value of much of city’s green space

 Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan: said resistance to high-density and high-rise developments displayed a  “lack of inter-generational solidarity”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Residents blocking high-density housing and high-rise apartments, says council chief

“We are at the end of a classic five-year period, which occurs at the end of a housing crash,” said Conor Skehan, outgoing chairman of the Government’s Housing Agency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Excessive intervention could sow seeds of next crisis, warns housing agency chief

With almost 80 per cent of Europeans expected to be living in urban areas within the next 30 years, the importance of city green space must not be underestimated, Dr Collier said.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Marcus Collier: housing should go upwards rather than expanding into green areas

Dublin City Council has said it considers the youth club’s bingo night a ‘serious contravention of the lease’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

North Dublin residents oppose plans for new health development on the site of youth club

The uprooted  tree on Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Trees up to 70ft tall fell against homes in Ranelagh and Ballsbridge in Dublin

Oscar Traynor Road 17-hectare site to the east of the Port Tunnel: 640 homes are planned, with a mix of private, social and affordable housing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council plans 640 homes for vast northside Oscar Traynor Road site

 National Bus and Rail Union’s Dermot O’Leary: claims “substantial core routes will become nothing more than feeder buses for an already overcrowded Dart and Luas service”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Bus and rail union fears review of transport will cut routes and just feed Luas and Dart

The former Screen Cinema flanked by College House (right) and Hawkins House (at rear), in Dublin city. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Office claims ‘overbearing’ new complex would impact on Hawkins House project

It has  emerged that  a north Dublin youth service has been running an unauthorised weekly bingo night for decades. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin councillors seek audit of groups using council property following the revelation

The proposed design for the site of Warrenstown House, a former HSE site in Blanchardstown.

Islamic centre granted permission last month by Fingal County Council

Almost 100,000 households remain on social housing waiting lists. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Analysis: Only 3,800 of new homes will be built by local authorities or housing bodies

The €226m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund, which pays for major infrastructure projects to make privately-owed sites viable for housing, is being topped up by €75m.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Number getting Housing Assistance Payment to increase to 17,000 at cost of €149m

Cherrywood in south Dublin: The land bank could become a  new town centre

Total of 126 discounted apartments will cost from €243,000 to €442,000 each

Dublin Port lands must not be ‘reallocated’ for non-port uses, warns business group

Ballast House time ball was taken down in 1920. It came from a time when the city were on Dublin time rather than GMT. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Plan afoot to reinstate historic Ballast House timepiece mentioned in Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview  which had been  earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Controversial 2.5km route between Clontarf and Connolly Station approved by council

“Increasing the personal tax credit spreads the benefits more evenly across all earners,” said Dr Seán Healy, director of  Social Justice Ireland

‘Largest benefits flow to those on the highest incomes,’ says group

Helen Cheevers with her baby Erik outside their home in Ballymun, with Hugh Brennan of Ó Cualann cohousing alliance and architect Joe Kennedy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New affordable housing scheme to be announced this week, Minister tells city council

Poolbeg peninsula: most sites in the Docklands zone, which borders Poolbeg, are already under construction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homes for 8,000 more people in Poolbeg development zone

Turning of the sod  in June 2016 for the regeneration scheme for Dominick Street flats in Dublin. The project is running more than a year behind schedule.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social housing rebuilding priced at €22m in 2016 seeks additional funds for completion

 Members of the public cycling past the Four Courts in support of the  Liffey Cycle Route earlier this month. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

NTA has suspended work on the route following years of delays in reaching agreement

The National Transport Authority this week halted Dublin City Council’s management of the Liffey cycle scheme. File photograph: David Sleator

National Transport Authority’s decision to suspend the project followed years of discord

The proposed College Green civic space

NTA and Dublin Bus say DCC proposals to ban all traffic from area are premature

Plans for a new cycle route on the Liffey quays have been shelved. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘We have made a complete balls of how we’ve managed this from day one,’ says councillor

The social housing projects will be the first large-scale PPPs pursued since the collapse of the developer-led social housing system nine years ago. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Consortium will manage social homes for 25 years

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