Planning regulator Niall Cussen: “For people who have toiled with the commute, the lure of remote working or blended working options will be very strong.” File photograph: Alan Betson

Covid-19 has changed our world. It could also change the places where we live

 Traffic on the M50 in Dublin during Covid restrictions limiting travel to 5km. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin city traffic hit almost 60% of pre-pandemic levels this month

Thomas McFeely: the Priory Hall apartment complex in north Dublin was originally constructed in 2007

Rebuilding of the notorious firetrap complex in Dublin has been completed by council

Dublin City Council has enacted new bylaws which will enable it to ban the use of bin bags. Photograph: iStock

City council seeks ideas to replace refuse sacks on streets

Plans for at least four new ‘urban villages’ will be devised under the new Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2228 to help house an expected increase in population of up to 70,000.

City development plan will see new ‘urban villages’ to address population rise

Seagulls on the frozen lake at St Stephens Green Dublin last week. File photogrph: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Sandymount seagulls go missing before they can be tested for bird flu

CGI view of the proposed development at Hedron’s Building, Broadstone.

Application was made two weeks before ban on shared accommodation became law

Some 60 per cent of survey respondents supported the cycle and pedestrian path being made permanent. File photograph: Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 60 per cent of residents do not have access to car and walk or cycle to commute

Cyclist on Strand Road, Sandymount: A two-way cycle route  is due to come into operation next month for a six-month trial. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Controversial €48m plan shelved by NTA in 2015 following widespread local opposition

The Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options report contains a plan to see a bus service introduced to the park for the first time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

System of cul-de-sacs and speed reductions aims to improve cycling and walking facilities

Cyclist on Strand Road, Sandymount: Dublin City Council says the proposed cycle path is exempt from requiring planning permission. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Dublin City Council says planning permission is not required for Strand Road path

A mock-up of the proposed development on Golf Lane.

Tower proposed for Carrickmines site would be one of State’s tallest residential buildings

The work will be funded as part of a €7.6 million plan to improve walking and cycling safety in Dublin city this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Funding to facilitate more cycling and walking more than doubles to €7.6m

The council would have been paying an average of €390,000 for the social and affordable housing at Oscar Traynor Road, while the average cost of directly built council homes is €430,000, council’s head of housing Brendan Kenny said. Photograph: iStock

Speedy resumption of Oscar Traynor site ‘fanciful’, says Dublin City Council’s head of housing

The State’s last affordable housing scheme was discontinued in 2011. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Grant of €50,000 may be fine for Leitrim, but not enough for Dublin, says Brendan Kenny

Deer in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Park overseers do not ‘endorse’ night-time running there and are against light pollution

Development would not see  demolition of  1967 office tower as MM Capital does not own the Tesco unit  under the tower. Photograph: Tom Honan

Application made days before ban on accommodation with shared facilities became law

Home of 1916 leader demolished in September to make way for apartments and hotel

Christmas shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traffic reached highest point since Covid-related restrictions introduced in March

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, asked that the nation continue to move forward in a spirit of solidarity next year. Photograph: Maxwells

Continuing compassion and care will define how history recalls coronavirus response, says President in Christmas message

Department officials will be working throughout the Christmas period so applications will be processed without delay, said the Minister.

Workers urged to apply online for Pandemic Unemployment Payment as soon as possible

The O’Callaghan Hotel Group wants to acquire St Andrew’s Court, a block of 14 dilapidated flats for senior citizens at the corner of Fenian Street and Sandwith Street in Dublin 2. Image: Google Maps

Proposal would swap Fenian Street flats with apartments due to be built in 2022

Dublin Simon Community said the public is a vital resource in alerting the service to the location of rough sleepers. File photograph: Getty

Public alert system comes on stream to help outreach teams get more people indoors

Doyle’s Corner junction in Phibsborough, where  Phibsborough Road meets the North Circular Road. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Local group says it ‘strongly disagrees’ with current proposals for four motor traffic lanes

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works said the zoo will receive €2m with €1m going to Fota Wildlife Park. File photograph: Getty

Zoo costs €1m monthly to run with cost of animal care reaching €500,000, says director

The Strand Road cycle route will come into operation in February for a six-month trial.

Council devises mitigation measures for village to reduce rat-running risks

A mock-up of the proposed Strand Road cycle path. Image via Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council devises plans for village to reduce rat-running risks

Organisers have been told that despite a weekly food market in the square, and several Christmas market stalls in the city, their market has been classed an ‘event’, under Covid-19 rules. File photograph: The Irish Times

Occasion would have been restricted to 15 people in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines

An empty Temple Bar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council says reversal of earlier decision comes on foot of fire brigade advice

St Michael’s estate, Inchicore, where the new development is proposed to be built. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Inchicore development of 484 apartments to have average rent of €1300 a month

 StTeresa’s Gardens:  plans to be advanced  for more than 700 homes .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Cost rental and social housing mix planed for Dublin city site

Aga Szot: said she was ‘incredibly happy’ with the council’s decision. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chinese restaurant on site of Icon Factory would have set an ‘undesirable precedent’

Deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Large numbers of visitors causing ‘undue stress’ to wild animals, says OPW

Under Operation Fanacht, more than 100 Garda checkpoints will be in place on main routes, supported by a schedule of mobile checkpoints. File photograph: Tom Honan

Calls on licensed premises to restart but fixed checkpoints on motorways to be removed

“In most of the OECD countries the social housing stock is either small or very small.” Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland ‘at the bottom’ of investment in social housing

Since July of 2019, owners of properties in rent pressure zones have to get planning permission to use their housing for short-term lets for more than three months a year. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Pandemic has triggered return to full-time tenancy as 900 short-term lets investigated

Melvin Properties wants to build a 15-storey apartment block at York Road on the south Liffey quays close to the East Link Bridge.

Developer did not intend to have social housing in block when applying to council, says residents

Richard Guiney of the Dublin Town business group said many of challenges now experienced were expected, just not quite so soon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Retail business unlikely to regain prime position in city centre, conference told

Owners of vacant buildings in Dublin will receive a refund of 30 per cent on their rates next year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Council set to lose €33 million next year due to impact of Covid-19 restrictions on city

Bus services in Dublin could be less frequent than had originally been planned under the new BusConnects programme, the National Transport Authority has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

NTA says long-term effects of pandemic could impact on service levels under BusConnects

MetroLink sign in 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

€10.3bn strategy to be re-examined to take account of potential long-term Covid impacts

The Simon Community serving food and hot drinks to homeless people and rough sleepers on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pandemic having ‘disproportionate impact’ on city, says council chief Owen Keegan

Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s visit to Oliver Bond flats complex. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Rat-infested inner city flat complex was scene of illegal rave in September

Dublin City Council’s tenement museum at 14 Henrietta Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Council officers oppose move to honour Thomas Bryan, one of the ‘Forgotten 10’

Dublin city councillors gave a strong mandate to council management on Monday night to drop plans for private sector development of public lands. File image: iStock.

DCC official says too much emphasis being put on local authority acting as developer

The development was proposed for  Oscar Traynor Road in Santry, just east of the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel. File photograph: Alan Betson

Councillors agree Labour motion that Santry site should be developed directly by council for public housing

The proposed development is on Oscar Traynor Road in Santry, just east of the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel. Photograph: Alan Betson

If sale of land in Santry to Glenveagh Homes is not approved, project will be ‘abandoned’

Christmas lights on Grafton Street. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Illuminations will be projected onto GPO and Trinity while Nollaig Shona sign returns to Grafton Street

Dublin Port will next April apply to the city council for permission for the cycle route which will run within port lands opposite East Wall Road. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liffey-Tolka project is part of plan to ‘open up Dublin Port to Dubliners’

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

Councillors to propose that playwright’s house be used as a cultural centre

An artist’s impression of the plans. Image: Dublin City Council

Traffic-free zone to be extended from Trinity College to South Great George’s Street

The transport plan for  Dublin envisages 230km of bus priority lanes

Project would entail cutting of some 3,000 trees and be completed by 2027

A file photo of South Anne Street during a trial pedestrianisation of streets around  Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

City council move follows trial pedestrianisation period during July and August

The planned expansion of cycle infrastructure across south Dublin comes following the success of the coastal cycle route from Blackrock to Sandycove. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Three new routes aim to facilitate safe cycling to at least 65 schools across the county

The Ashtown Gates to the Phoenix Park will remain locked for the next five weekends. Photograph: Alan Betson

Motorists feel unwelcome due to restrictions on traffic and closing of six entrances

Plans for the State’s tallest building, a 28-storey hotel close to Castleknock in Dublin have been rejected by Fingal County Council because it would be ‘seriously injurious’ to the skyline.

Castleknock tower was almost twice the height of State’s current tallest building

The OPW said it has received a request from the Garda to close side gates for the next five weekends, in support of restraints which prohibit non-essential travel beyond 5km. File photograph: PA

Closure 11pm Friday, reopen 7am Monday for duration of coronavirus Level 5 restrictions

A total of 55 per cent of all houses granted permission in the eastern and midlands area were in the four commuter counties outside Dublin – Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

Approvals for apartments bypass houses for first time but urban sprawl concerns remain

Hawkins House: An Bord Pleanála granted permission to the Office of Public Works three years ago for its demolition, and its replacement with an office complex. Photograph:  Bryan O Brien/ The Irish Times

Once of Dublin’s least popular buildings will be levelled over the next year

Docklands: Local Independent councillor Mannix Flynn says securing the building for social housing is a better use of council resources than keeping homeless people in costly family hubs.

Council interested in acquiring planned 15-storey building if 'price is right'

The Uninest student accommodation in the Liberties.

Change of use of up to 1,600 rooms ‘co-living by the back door’ – Marie Sherlock

The path, designed to connect the city centre with the Dublin Bay cycle path that runs along the coast from Clontarf to Sutton, was first planned more than eight years ago but has been delayed several times. Photograph: Cathy Loughran

Irish Water, Dublin City Council and NTA fail to agree on Clontarf to city scheme

Cycle lane bollards on Fitzwilliam Street Lower

Council installing wands on Fitzwilliam Street as part of Covid mobility measures

The proposed scheme would be built in four blocks on two separate sites on Mary’s Lane and Halston Street in Dublin’s markets area west of Capel Street

Council, An Bord Pleanála and city councillors raise concerns about height of scheme

In relation to the number of social homes that would be built this year, the Minister  said the figure would be “around 7,000 or so”.

First homes under scheme to be available for purchase next year, says Minister

The target for this year was 7,736 social homes but in the first six months of the year just 725 were built. File photograph: Eric Luke

Private rental sector will still carry burden in 2021 after years of fanciful announcements

The Irish Council for Social Housing said the capital investment in public housing was a “positive response to the scale of the housing crisis”. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Department of Housing allocates an extra €22m for homelessness programmes

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Dublin on Saturday at an anti-lockdown demonstration. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

Up to 100 gardaí involved in operation as protesters and counter-protesters gathered on Saturday afternoon

Pearse House: in 2018 residents held a protest due to ongoing rat infestations in the complex. Photograph: Tom Honan

Development of Pearse House will reduce number of flats and take up to 15 years

 Former Irish Glass Bottle Company site at Ringsend: More than 3,500 apartments are planned. Under planning laws 10 per cent of the new homes must be sold to Dublin City Council for social housing. Photograph: Eric Luke

No ‘commercial agreement’ reached for 600-plus housing unit plan, Nama says

  Dublin City Council has been urged not to go ahead with plans to reallocate road space on Strand Road for a cycle path. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Council plans to requisition traffic lane on Strand Road for two-way cycle path

Ann’s Bakery, the last remaining café on Dublin’s Moore Street. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Local businesses, Moore Street market traders and politicians objected to the Ladbrokes’ plans

North Great George’s Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Expanded shared accommodation plans for Georgian street decried by heritage groups

A cyclist using the cycleway on Seapoint Avenue, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Traffic impact likely to be worst on Merrion Road, where it could double, says council

The major restoration of the Old Library in Trinity College will involve the conservation and protection of the 18th-century building and its historic collections, as well as the development of  new research collections, a study centre and an  immersive exhibition for visitors. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Conservation of Long Room, home to Book of Kells, and new construction planned

The O’Rahilly home was demolished at Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council may not have ‘legal mechanism’ to force reinstatement, says planning chief

The O’Rahilly home was demolished at Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Emergency motions to have 1916 leader’s house rebuilt approved at meeting

The intended bridge would have been the first dedicated cycling and pedestrian facility over the river. File photograph: The Irish Times

Planning board refuses leave to relocate span 150m, second occasion application rejected

The O’Rahilly home was demolished. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motion to protect 1916 leader’s house proposed more than one year ago

The Garda’s annual Halloween initiative, Operation Tombola, had started on September 4th, because of the early use of fireworks. Photograph: iStock

Concern over ‘feral gangs’ throwing fireworks as traditional events cancelled

The Central Bank  said the bird scarer device was installed with the purpose of protecting mechanical and electrical equipment.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘It was like an Alfred Hitchcock movie,’ says Docklands resident

 Young people left at home all the time during lockdown increased their isolation and loneliness. Photograph: iStock

Report indicates high level of concern over negative impact of pandemic on mental health

House fire near Broadstone. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Blaze broke out on Wellington Street Upper near Broadstone

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting Chief Medical Officer. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Glynn urges public to reduce contacts, with 212 more cases in Dublin and 54 in Cork

Following three rounds of public consultation and 72,000 submissions, this is the final version of the network redesign. Image: National Transport Authority

BusConnects will create 230km of dedicated bus lanes and 200km of cycle tracks

The Local Property Tax is based on 2013 property values, and was due to be reassessed in 2016, but that process has been kicked down the road.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cuts to Dublin city services inevitable as council deals with Covid financial blow

The Oliver Bond flats complex in Dublin’s south inner city. Photograph: Collins

Large party at Oliver Bond flats in Dublin ‘very depressing’, says council housing head

Local Property Tax (LPT) bills for Dublin city homeowners will not rise next year, despite pleas from city council management for an increase to help offset the ‘devastating’ financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council officials warned that city faces ‘devastating’ funding shortfall due to Covid-19 impact

Dublin’s traditional Halloween events are to be severely curtailed due to concerns over an inability to enforce coronavirus public health guidelines. Photograph: Alan Betson

Council management concerned that illegal bonfires are likely to replace official events

Aga Szot, artist at Icon Factory Gallery and Studio, Temple Bar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owners of building that houses Icon Factory seeking vacant possession of premises

The new bylaws will extend the 30km/h limit to almost all major approach roads to the city

More than half of submissions in public consultation were against new ‘default speed limit’ across city and suburbs

The Environmental Indicators Ireland 2020 report found air quality had deteriorated in relation to a range of pollutants. Photograph: iStock

Country is ranked third highest for greenhouse gases per capita in the EU

The Dart expansion programme aims to double peak-hour capacity to 52,000 an hour per direction by 2028. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Additional services to Drogheda, Celbridge, Maynooth envisaged in expansion of service

Gardaí are investigating allegations in relation to the improper use of veterinary drugs at Ashton Dog Pound in Ashtown, west Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council takes action after allegations of improper use of veterinary drugs

An artist’s impression of what the apartment development beside St Anne’s Park could look like.

Raheny land has been at the centre of multiple judicial review proceedings

A computer-generated image of the proposed O’Connell Street redevelopment

Planning application for redevelopment of six-acre ‘Carlton’ area expected early in 2021

The wands or lane separators, which will include barriers up to 1m tall, are expected to cost more than €100 each. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Cash to be spent on barriers to keep cars from encroaching on city’s cycle lanes

Proinsias Ó Rathaille, grandson of The O’Rahilly, outside the  vandalised house of The O’Rahilly on Herbert Park, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council advises An Bord Pleanála to permit apartments on 1916 leader’s home

Cyclists and  cars near Riverview Educate Together school on Limekiln Road in Dublin 12. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

West Dublin primary school appeals for safe cycling infrastructure ahead of reopening

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