Bruce Springsteen performs at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on 21 May 2016. Photograph: EPA

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Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said homeowners in Dublin and Kildare are facing significant costs to address latent faults uncovered in their properties. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Damien English told to ‘get your head out of the sand’ and help homeowners fix defects

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of fire-safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fire safety shortcomings estimated to cost €11,000-€14,000 per apartment to remedy

 Frascati Hall: apartments  sold for between €342,000 and €900,000 when they first went to the market in 2006

Some apartments at Frascati Hall have rotting window frames and balconies

File photograph: The owner in question, who does not want to be named, said he first noticed a severe mould problem with his apartment shortly after he moved in, at the beginning of 2006. Photograph: iStock

Engineer’s report found severity of mould posed significant risk to human health

John Gormley outside his home in Oak Grove, Derrinturn, Co Kildare. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Defects in new buildings can leave owners in huge debt, with little legal recourse

Niamh Towey drives a Dublin Bus at it makes a female recruitment bid. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

As Dublin Bus tries to recruit more women Niamh Towey takes a spin around the Broadstone depot

The Big Style Atlantic Lodge in Killadoon, Co Mayo offers surfing, coasteering, stand-up paddle boarding, kite-surfing and yoga.

No, not chicken Kiev and céilís – at BigStyle Atlantic Lodge, think water sports, delicious vegetarian food, campfire gigs and out(...)

‘This summer I could compare my social life to a game of poorly-played Jenga, where I keep pulling out the sticks of stability in the hope of victory, until the whole thing eventually falls in on itself.’ Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Planning skills of a world leader are needed for all the concerts, matches and family barbecues

‘I hadn’t envisaged spending the evening crying down the phone to some poor woman in the clamping office.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Niamh Towey: Things had been getting on top of me over the last few months. I wasn’t fully in control

Cathedral Court in Dublin 8. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Company wants private owners to pay to fix serious defects in the development

Cearbhall Beggan, the only private owner and volunteer director on the board of the Cathedral Court OMC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sherborough Enterprises wants to replace only private owner on the board

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said ‘there is a lot more work that has to be done’ in dealing with building defects.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Report urges creation of housing regulatory authority to tackle ‘huge issue’ of building faults

Cearbhall Beggan, who lives in Cathedral Court on Clanbrassil Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Owner feels he is being ‘bullied’ off board for questioning levying of remedial charges

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy during a housing summit in the Custom House with Minister of State Damien English and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee Maria Bailey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owners of Dublin 8 apartments each face €5,300 bill over fire safety and balcony defects

Serious balcony and fire safety defects have been identified at Cathedral Court in Dublin 8. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Firm expects apartment owners to cover cost of addressing balcony and fire safety issues

Gabrielle Kavanagh  on a balcony  at Cathedral Court, Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gabrielle Kavanagh is one of the owners hit with bills to fix safety issues at a D8 complex

Since 2012, the fire service has inspected 7,809 premises, including 890 apartments. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Cost of corrective action poses challenges for owners’ management firms

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of potential fire safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Developer Shannon Homes told to conduct assessment on 632-unit Simonsridge build

 Priory Hall apartment complex in 2012 after residents had been evacuated.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Orla Hegarty says new-home regulations ‘not fit for purpose’ as developers pay inspectors

Roof damage at the Hyde Square apartments in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Eoghan Murphy says such a move would put taxpayers at risk and potentially let off builders

Roof damage at the Hyde Square apartments in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Green Party TD says issues identified by Irish Times investigation ‘an enormous public safety issue’

Gabrielle Kavanagh  on a balcony  at Cathedral Court, Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fire safety and other construction issues have dogged Irish apartments

Image from circa 2007 sales brochure for Hyde Square, Kilmainham.

Survey revealed extensive roof problems and fire safety issues at Hyde Square

Apartment owners at Hyde Square in Kilmainham have been presented with bills of almost €11,000 each for the repair of their decaying roof. Photograph: Google Earth

Residents in four Celtic Tiger-era developments face steep bills, eviction and costly litigation

From left are  Barbara Byrne, Hazel Gleeson, Mai Barrett and Joanne Tyrrell at Marrsfield Avenue apartments in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Tenants in Dublin 13 block call for State funding to fix Celtic-Tiger era building defects

Fire safety issues like those seen in St James’s Wood are common in many apartment buildings built during the boom. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fire safety issues and structural defects are common in many boomtime apartments

Snow drifts make roads virtually impassable in Rathmore, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Seargent

One Year On: Winter storm of 2018 delivered more snow than seen in decades

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan accused those responsible for Monday’s fire in Rooskey of showing “reckless disregard for the safety of human life”. Photograph: James Forde

Direct provision centre opposed on grounds ‘village has no services or facilities for them’

Niamh Towey, with her new car in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pricewatch: Making the trip up North to buy a car can be worth it – but go well-prepared

Defects like those seen in St James’s Wood in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 are unfortunately very common throughout developments built during the celtic tiger. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Q&A: St James’s Wood is far from the only development with serious fire safety issues


Community to remain in homes for Christmas but remedial costs set to hit €1.78m

St James’s Wood apartments, Kilmainham. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residents fear block will be closed down but building ‘unlikely’ to be evacuated quickly

Apartment owners at St James’s Wood in Kilmainham are facing a €3 million bill to remedy remedy fire-safety issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Kilmainham complex just one of many Celtic Tiger blocks with issues, surveyor says

St James’s Wood fire risk: the owners of the 119 apartments have been told it could cost up to €26,000 each to remedy the issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood complex built by respected Cosgrave Property Group in 2000

St James’s Wood: fire-safety issues could shutter the Dublin 8 development. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood, in Kilmainham, not built to fire-safety certificate requirements

Passengers travelling to and from Dublin airport will encounter long delays on Saturday

Flights resume after temporary suspension on Saturday morning

Filip Klubicka joined the Irish a capella group Ardú shortly after moving to Dublin in August 2017. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Filip Klubicka arrived in Ireland in August 2017

Daniela Vindisova: “It feels good here. I have never felt like I’m in some kind of minority.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Daniela Vindisova from Slovakia came to Ireland in 2016

Joe Ahern, owner Fána Tree Nursery, Ballyhooly, north Cork, surveys the damage caused by Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

One year on: Owner of Co Cork tree nursery says it will a decade to build his stock back up

Sean Hogan, chairman at the National Emergency Coordination Centre, at a press conference to announce details of storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three deaths, €45m insurance claims and a tree nursery faced with disaster

‘The Importance of Being Aisling’ is the third book in a trilogy.

Aisling’s complexity offers a genuine reflection of the modern Irish woman

The Department of Justice said last July that works had begun on a dedicated immigration detention centre at Dublin Airport and that it would be completed by July 2018. However, that deadline has passed and the facilities are still not open.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times.

Dedicated immigration detention centre at Dublin Airport still not completed

Paloma with Karin and Jorg Muller-Weiland and the couple’s two children Aoife and Reuben. Photograph: Karin Muller-Wieland.

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho jailed last year after being denied entry for holiday

Driving solo: “I’ve wrestled with my relationship with religion, come up with ideas for a novel I may never write and considered where I want to be in five, 10, 15 years’ time.” Photograph: iStock

Niamh Towey: We need time to ourselves to try to piece together all of life’s big puzzles

Pope Francis arrives in the Papal Skoda at the Presidential Residence during his visit in Dublin. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters.

Staff will use car to help homeless families move to long term accommodation

The word ‘truth is projected on the GPO in Dublin  as part of a protest ahead of the visit by Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay

Former resident at Nazareth House calls on pope to do something for the survivors

St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Summer in Ireland can be magical – and this year, it was just that. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Niamh Towey: It felt like the summers Bruce Springsteen and Don McLean wrote about

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher is crowned the 2018 International Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

TV Review: The Rose of Tralee has been slow to accept the reality of modern Ireland

 Torre de Belem tower overlooks the  river Tagus in Lisbon. Photograph:  Stock image

Balance Lisbon’s city buzz with a seaside rest in the Algarve for the perfect holiday

'Multiple friends have left my hometown for greener pastures. They are doctors, teachers and construction managers. Chefs, nurses and physiotherapists.' Photograph: iStock

Niamh Towey: Maybe someday we’ll do a better job of holding on to our own people

'I’ll never be the competitive, sporty type. I don’t think I’ll ever shed a tear over a game, or go on a beer ban – but I can see now why people do it.' Photograph: Alan Betson

Niamh Towey: Playing my first football match made me feel more alive than ever

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Niamh Towey: It’s possible to indulge in its festivities without disgracing yourself in the process

 Pilgrims make their way up the rugged slopes of Croagh Patrick at sunrise. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Several people treated for injuries with one man airlifted to hospital with cardiac pains

 British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. His   gentle guitar plucking transported me to another time.  Photograph: Getty Images

Some summer sounds are now tinged with sadness since my Granny died last year

Horror of horrors: Mayo footballer Tom Parsons is treated by medical staff after his injury against Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nefarious nightmares have a tendency to expose your scaredy-cat ways

Passenger Miomir Todorovic uploaded a photograph from the inside of the plane, saying ‘I can barely hear my right ear. Important that we survived’.

Croatia-bound flight in emergency landing

Passenger Miomir Todorovic uploaded a photograph from the inside of the plane, saying ‘I can barely hear my right ear. Important that we survived’.

People seen bleeding from ears after Dublin flight to Croatia makes emergency landing

A Ryanair planes at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Collins

Passengers bleeding from ears and oxygen masks dropped as plane landed in Frankfurt

“Sitting in the car as the sun seared over the Papal Cross, I realised I had finally learned how to swim, all on my own. I was finally at peace with myself.” Photograph: iStock

Niamh Towey: I usually curse the roadblocks in the Phoenix Park but this morning my detour brought an unexpected revelation

 An Irish Times sports article last year reported 21 senior Roscommon football players were playing at home but living in Dublin. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Niamh Towey: We talk about a recovery in Dublin but there is no such thing west of the Shannon

Let’s be honest, though, it’s not just my mother who is obsessed with the weather. As a nation, we are entirely fixated on it.

Niamh Towey: Whenever I ring, she muses on precipitation a good three minutes

“This is inhumane,” I thought. “Somebody, please, bring me home. I can’t hack it anymore.”

Niamh Towey: An all-nighter at work, zero sleep, followed by a day at the races and night in the pub all became too much. I blame (...)

The house built by the Murrays at Faughan Hill, Bohermeen, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One Year On: Michael and Rose Murray make last-minute appeal to councillors

Half-way through. It’s all nearly over, Ellen

“A bad, cringeworthy or embarrassing best man’s speech is possibly the most uncomfortable thing to witness as a guest.”

Avoid jokes about the groom’s sex life and tuck in the shirt, for starters?

'In a sudden flash of mad brilliance, I decided I would buy, assemble, light and cook that evening’s dinner on a charcoal barbecue.'

An incident with a fireball and some facial hair taught me an important lesson

A woman reacts on the result of yesterday’s referendum on liberalising abortion laws. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

‘No woman should have to go through the trauma I had to go through’

Paul Reck with his wife Catherine, who dies from cancer in 2012 after a delayed diagnosis.

Grace Rattigan says CervicalCheck advised doctor not to tell family of incorrect smear

Passengers wait to board the Aer Lingus flight to Bilbao at Dublin airport this morning. Photograph: Pat Farrell/Twitter

Airline says complications following an aircraft change meant four fans left behind

Mark, David and Tom Kerins, who all have CF, on holiday in Italy last year. Photograph: Maggie Kerins

Doctors look to future with better cystic-fibrosis drugs in the pipeline

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called on CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Controversy after figures show 206 women may have had a delayed cancer diagnosis

'I once drove all the way from Dublin to Ballaghaderreen with no exhaust.' Photograph: Getty

Ingram is so much more than a mechanic to me. I ring him more often than I ring my mother

‘I agreed to meet you on the Good Friday Agreement, we’ve done that, so I’m finished,’ Ahern says, before removing his microphone and walking off camera.

Former taoiseach ‘happy’ he cleared his name after allegations he received payments

Cllr Michael Mulligan, Dr Martin Garvey and Micheal Frain on The Square,  Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Mick McCormack.

Lack of resources, pressures on healthcare and rising joblessness ‘does not bode well’

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens: “I felt a greater sense of purpose there; it gave me perspective and headspace and, like an old friend, it comforted me in hard times.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I am closing the Kilmainham chapter of my life and opening up a new, exciting one

The scene of the at the Metro Hotel, Ballymun on Thursday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Metro Hotel apologises and says it will be closed for some time

Tara Devon and her two children Ryan (6) and Kian (3) at their home in Ashbourne in January 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One year on: campaigners frustrated over State ‘inertia’ as many remain in limbo

Tourists ‘working in groups’ to steal from shops and offer substandard tarmac work

Amy Flanagan (9), Bridget Kerrigan (10) and Katie McNamara (10), who are in fourth and fifth class at the Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross.

‘We are hoping for big things from them,’ choir director says of students aged 9 and 10

Sean Fenton, a first year student at Trinity College Dublin, believes cannabis oil helped him to reduce the level of strong anti-epileptic drugs which he said had the side effect of slowing his brain down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One Year On: Seán Fenton turned to cannabis oil to avoid side effects of prescription medication

‘The landlord wanted to kick us out and get new tenants in at a higher rent,’ says one Dublin tenant who was forced to move out of his accommodation during a renovations.

One Year On: Introduction of rent predictability measures has had mixed results

Activists took over Apollo House in December 2016. File photograph: Collins

Apollo House provided safety, warmth but it failed to inspire homelessness solution

Snow in the Horseshoe Valley, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Snow falls in parts of North and North-West

The heaviest snowfalls are forecast over  counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road users warned over black ice as ‘polar low’ set to sweep across country on Friday

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the Fine Gael national party conference in Ballyconnell, Ireland November on Friday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister says ‘Sun’ article is ‘nonsense’ and says Government has been consistent

An Indian restaurant in Creeslough, Co Donegal was served a food closure order last month after  human excrement was found in an area where staff were preparing food.

Rat and mice droppings discovered by FSAI lead to closure of food outlets in Co Cork

Yulia and Clément Imbert: ‘Here is so different, people are very welcoming and kind’.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: French national Clément Imbert and his Russian wife Yulia love life in Ireland but say high tax, expensive hous(...)

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and Alexsandro Ribou left Brazil in the midst of a deep political crisis

Director of marketing and communications at UCC Donna O’Driscoll  with her  husband Tony  and children Caitlín  and Conor.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Donna and Tony O’Driscoll moved from London to Cork three years ago for a better family life

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

The driver was subsequently brought to court and given a €200 fine and a two year driving ban.

Motorist was driving at almost twice the speed limit when stopped by gardaí

This bird was seen dancing in Trinity College Dublin.

Gull seen tapping its feet on one of Trinity’s green areas

This could be you on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

It could be you that wins the €130 million lotto, but it probably won’t be

Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

‘He hugged me so strong, he was so warm and sweet,’ Almuthna Loulah says of President

The Debs: I was glad to see at least one tradition had survived – the naggins strapped to the leg

My sister’s grad reminds me that the days of getting pissed in a field are long gone

Towey town: Main Street Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I hear they’ve attracted quite the crowd of Toweys from all corners of the world

All north lanes are closed on the M50 at Junction 9 Red Cow following a five car crash. Photograph: Neil Coles

Emergency services at the scene while traffic slow from Firhouse and Finglas

Stephen and Jordan were exact replicas of the token country kid you see on The Late Late Toy Show every year. Photograph: Getty Images

Niamh Towey: The bog is a place of lore and they flock to it like lambs to the slaughter

I was reminded of that time in the school yard in first class when my best friend Majella informed me of how babies were really made. Photograph: Getty Images

Long gone are the days when he would switch off ‘7th Heaven’ for that part when the Dad was talking to the kids about the risks of(...)

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