Dublin City Council indicated it would be working to transfer Cromcastle Court tenants to alternative accommodation. Photograph: Google Street View

Significant and hazardous structural defects discovered in stairs at block in Coolock area

The unused Kishogue train station, which was built in anticipation of future development at  Adamstown and Clonburris in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homes for more than 21,000 could be built at Clonburris

The  Dublin City Council report says  the development of affordable housing is essential to “reduce the worst aspects of our dysfunctional housing market”

‘Inadequate and imbalanced’ housing supply to continue in the capital

Restaurants say  the water restrictions will  be  even more burdensome later in the night when businesses need to run dishwashers. Photograph: Getty Images

Restaurants Association of Ireland says there is no information on contingency plans for ‘night time economy’

A council spokeswoman said it was committed to the “highest level” of public safety. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fire tender taken out of line as no crew on hand and firefighters unavailable for overtime

Covanta has now sought “pre-application consultations” for a 15% increase in capacity. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Covanta may seek leave to burn an additional 90,000 tonnes annually at Poolbeg

The Vartry water treatment plant in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Restrictions will affect greater Dublin area between midnight and 5am from Monday

So-called mosquito alarms emit a very high-frequency noise usually only audible to people under the age of 25

Department of Justice advises that use of anti-loitering devices may constitute ‘assault’

 Kevin Humphreys, Labour TD:   ‘It is far too early to rule the tunnel option out”.

Tunnel through Ranelagh ‘obvious solution’, says Labour’s Kevin Humphreys

Eoghan Murphy: “I can confirm that the NTA and TII are looking seriously at alternative options that will not see the community segregated.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy opposes Ranelagh road closure at Beechwood

Dublin Airport Authority was last year it was granted a five-year extension to planning permission to allow it to build the north runway by 2022.

Regulator needed for removal of planned night-time flight restrictions

The hosepipe ban is currently in place until July 31st, but may be prolonged. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times

Nationwide ban came into force at 8am on Friday as State remains in ‘absolute drought’

Sightseers are  being warned to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Offaly Fire & Rescue Service/Facebook

Agency has responded to 50 forest fires across State, with the largest in the Slieve Bloom mountains

The Construction Industry Federation says many schemes that had been granted permission remain “unviable”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Construction industry body says developers waiting on apartment-height changes

 Residents join Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, and Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Nial Ring as they turn the sod on the first phase of the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Collapse of 2008 deal foretold the housing crisis – Paschal Donohoe

O’Devaney Gardens: the 1950s flat complex, close to the Phoenix Park in Dublin 7. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 600 homes planned for former flat complex site

Dublin Bus on Nassau Street: decades-old routes will be replaced by new itineraries. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Architect of plan says current system is inflexible and ‘immensely complicated’

The new Dublin Bus network, due to be in place at the end of next year, promises more frequent buses and a faster service. Photograph: Getty Images

New network will see more changes of bus for some trips

Numbering system for Dublin buses to be scrapped for lettering system

The tobacconist shop of 1916 leader Thomas Clarke on Amiens Street. Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring requested the shop be added to the list of protected structures.

The Georgian building on Amiens Street, Dublin was Tom Clarke’s home and tobacconist shop

A month-long ban on the watering of gardens, washing cars or boats, and filling pools from public water supplies, using a hose, comes into force in the capital on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Utility increases call centre staff as conditions raise concerns over water supplies

Dublin City Council last week had to undertake emergency works at Cromcastle Court in Coolock. Image: Google Maps

Large gaps and movement found in stairs at 50-year-old block in Coolock

The watering of gardens attached to hotels or other businesses is banned, but garden centres and “visitor” gardens, such at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, are exempt from the ban. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Water assessing more than 100 ‘at-risk’ supplies

A swimmer dives into the sea at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Irish Water assessing more than 100 ‘at risk’ supplies around State which may also be affected

A section of the crowd who turned up in January to protest against the application by Crekav Trading GP Ltd to build 536 residential units on playing fields at St Anne’s Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents had challenged ‘fast-track’ decision on development of 500 homes on pitches

 Ciaran Berry (7) from Mullingar cooling off in Lough Ennell, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One hundred water supply schemes ‘at risk’ as Ireland records hottest day since 1976

A woman carries an inflatable shark on  Salthill beach, June 26th. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Forests, dogs and drivers at risk as orange warning gives way to ‘condition red’

Dubliners are facing unavoidable water restrictions following a prolonged spell of dry weather. Photograph: Shutterstock

Irish Water warns of ‘unavoidable’ restrictions if spell of dry weather continues

Impression of a Dart Underground station

Site owners face levies of €300,000 over next two years for vacant site they cannot develop

The Dart crossing  at Merrion Gates in Dublin 4. Photograph: Eric Luke

New cycling route proposals could see property acquisition at Seapoint

Smoking causes 100 deaths and more than 1,000 hospital admissions in the State each week, research from the Health Service Executive (HSE) states.

Numbers consuming tobacco down 20% since 2005 but more people now rolling own cigarettes

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin. File photograph: Collins

Audit finds multi-million euro prepayments made despite a lack of invoiced hours

Reliance Investments Ltd plans to refurbish the 18th century Aldborough House on Portland Row for use as offices

Derelict mansion was second-biggest private residence in Dublin after Leinster House

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Brian Friel from Peter McVerry Trust and service user Toni Reid and her daughters Ruby aged nine and Indi aged five.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A total of 800 social houses were due to have been provided by the end of 2017

The former motor tax office, River House, on Chancery Street in Dublin is on the vacant sites register. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Local authorities must tell property owners if they will face levy by next Friday

  Merchant’s Arch Bar on Wellington Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owner wanted to expand Merchant’s Arch Bar to cater to ‘bus loads of tourists’

Public transport use in Dublin has reached record levels with more than half of all city commuters using buses, trams or trains last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Annual study shows numbers cycling up by 3% while use of private cars falls

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan told councillors the board’s decision could have legal implications for the city development plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deadline looms for judicial review over decision to permit 500 homes

Fruit and vegetable market on Mary’s Lane: set for a €3 million redevelopment as a continental-style food market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Market will not be ‘generic’ but sprinkled with ‘magic dust’, says council executive

With a decision on the apartments imminent it has now lodged plans for the first of six schools.

Decision on build-to-rent apartments in new south Dublin town due in weeks

One of Europe’s largest sports retailers Decathlon is to open its first ‘megastore’ in the State in Ballymun.

Dublin City Council to sell site beside Ikea outlet to French sports retail giant

TII chief executive Michael Nolan said the M50 was approaching the point of ‘intolerable congestion’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Transport Infrastructure Ireland wants to introduce ’multi-point’ electronic tolling

Mercer House flats in Dublin: architects seek their preservation while residents live with the flaws.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Demolish them, get rid of them. It’s very cold. It’s very small , and it’s very noisy”

Children protesting over the planned use of lands including sports pitches near Mobhi Road in Glasnevin, Dublin for the proposed  Metrolink route. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Anne Graham says authority considering options to ‘mitigate’ impact on schools, clubs

Dublin council’s head of housing Brendan Kenny: “We are concerned that families may endure a prolonged period in emergency accommodation  and not consider alternatives.” Photograph:   Alan Betson

Council hopes move will prompt families to use financial supports and rent independently

Dublin City Council wanted to refurbish Sackville Place and Cathedral Street, which link O’Connell Street to the new cross-city Luas line on Marlborough Street. Image: Google Maps

Blind Legal Alliance warned new layout would cause difficulties for guide dog users

Robbie Sinnott from the Blind Legal Alliance   said: “Large sections of both streets will be used by taxis 24-7, and cyclists will have free reign. So, curbs and dished crossings need to be provided for vulnerable pedestrians.” File Photograph: Collins Courts

Council said it will consider using coloured paving to help avoid confusion

Even with this sharp increase, the national cycle commuting population is under 3 per cent. Yet cyclists account for almost one in 10 people killed on the roads last year.

Smoother surfaces, drivers observing speed limits and more responsible cycling could save lives

Pigeon House site: Dublin City Council is “particularly interested in receiving proposals from those involved in creative, technological and green industries”.

Poolbeg site to become cultural ‘precinct’ perhaps with film studio under council plans

The Mercer Street flats in Dublin, designed by Herbert Simms: “It is a lovely building . . . but the place is in bits,” said Independent councillor Sonya Stapleton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Housing meeting told of appalling conditions for tenants in ‘beautiful architectural buildings’

An architect’s drawing of the proposed apartment complex beside the Golden Ball pub in Kilternan.

Six-storey complex of almost 100 apartments intended for site at Golden Ball pub Kilternan

Voters going to the polls in the 1983 abortion referendum. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Garda stations and local authorities dealt with requests from would-be voters until 5pm

Mercer House on Mercer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin council is considering ‘delisting’ historic structures under regeneration plans

The Irish Underwater Council, representing some 2,000 divers, says its members had to cancel all planned dives in Dublin Bay this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Port Company’s dredging and dumping making waters unusable, say divers

A community committee involving more than 30 businesses including  pubs, Rathfarnham golf club, schools and residents associations, has written to the council  seeking  immediate action to reopen the road. Photograph: Getty Images

Edmondstown Road in Rathfarnham closed since last year following alleged illegal work

The assessment by Dublin City Council’s housing department that it would be too risky to use PPPs to rebuild its 6,400 outmoded flats runs contrary to Government policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior housing officials say Public Private Partnerships too slow and expensive

Ofo’s system uses a “smart lock” that prevents the bicycle wheels from moving until the lock is deactivated by a user.

Dublin City Council wants tethering at city stands to bike-sharing firm Ofo’s dismay

Horse Racing Ireland owns two sites next to Leopardstown Racecourse that  jointly comprise about 18 hectares

State’s most valuable empty site at Leopardstown is owned Horse Racing Ireland

St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore: Dublin City Council has already approved plans for 420 social, affordable, and private homes for the same site. Photograph: Eric Luke

Regeneration group puts forward €56m ‘cost rental’ scheme for former flats in Inchicore

Greyhound  has become the latest waste operator to start charging households for ‘green bin’ collections. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Company follows Panda and City Bin in introducing charge, which it expects to be €20 a year

13 St Mary’s Road in Ballsbridge has been unoccupied for a decade. Photograph: Google Street

Home on St Mary’s Road ‘empty and in a worsening condition’

There are now 100 fewer buses an hour using College Green at peak traffic times. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council issues warning amid delay in decision on €10m civic plaza

Plans to cut speed limits to 30km/h on almost all residential streets throughout Dublin city and suburbs have been approved by the city council’s transport committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Dublin City Council move means most residential roads in city will have lower limits

The Irish Glass Bottle site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Road ‘reservation corridor’ required in new Poolbeg development zone

A homeless protest at the Irish Glass Bottle site calling for affordable housing in 2016. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Receiver appealed inclusion of 900 social and affordable homes from total build of 3,500

The homeless protest at the Irish Glass Bottle site calling for affordable housing in 2016. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Bord Pleanála to open hearing on council plan for fast-track Dublin development

NTA’s €48m plan to close the Merrion Gates level crossing and build a cycle path from Sandymount to Blackrock are in disarray.

Transport authority says ‘no alternative’ to building flyover opposed by residents

Herbert Simms built 17,000 homes in Dublin in his tenure as housing architect from 1932 to 1948.

Dublin’s first housing architect, who took up the post in 1932, did ‘heroic’ work

Irene Keogh was born in the tenements before moving to a Herbert Simms-designed block in Greek Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irene Keogh recalls the impact Herbert Simms’ flats had in a city of tenements

NTA said it supports Dublin City Council’s plan which would push Dublin Bus out of the city centre zone.

NTA will support plaza without two-way buses on Parliament Street

The owners of a prominent Temple Bar music venue have denied they plan to convert it into a “super pub”. Photograph:Dara Mac Dónaill

Button Factory owners accuse Dublin council firm of behaving like ‘rogue planning objector’

More than 10,000 homes completed between January 1997 and December 2013 in Dublin, as well as in Meath, Kildare and Offaly have been affected by pyrite. Photograph: Frank Miller

Almost €70m spent on cracks and subsidence in homes with most renewals in Dublin

Photograph: David Sleator

Stations will mainly serve new Grangegorman campus

Almost one third of €11m spend  related to Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some coroners paid on the double while undertaker services not subject to tender

Peter Scully was last seen at his home in Fairfield Park, Greystones, on April 2nd 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Despite extensive searches, investigating officers still unable to find missing Peter Scully

Anne Graham and Peter Walsh of the NTA: Metro will run every two minutes from Swords to Sandyford, serving the airport and city centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some Ranelagh and Glasnevin houses and a city centre block could be affected by line

Ballymun Shopping Centre - ready for demolition. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Demolition first proposed more than 20 years ago

Dublin City Council investigating bar and restaurant facility over failure to open pool

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy directed that planning applications should not be discussed at council meetings before a decision has been made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy orders councillors not to discuss planning applications

The Luas tram at College Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More bus routes would be diverted from Dame Street under plaza plan

Dublin City Council has planned a pedestrian and cycle plaza and ban all traffic, including buses and taxis, from accessing Dame Street through College Green

Hearing on Dublin City Council’s proposal to build €10 million plaza gets under way

A Luas tram at College Green, Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Councillor threatens action over review of plans for traffic-free area in Dublin city

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

Homeless family should be put to the top of the waiting list – Mike Allen

Conor Skehan: the change in policy comes in the wake of claims earlier this year by the chairman of the State’s Housing Agency, that families may be “gaming the system”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Families staying for prolonged periods in emergency accommodation to secure homes

O’Devaney Gardens back in 2016: Most of the 109 complexes to be worked on  do not meet building standards of accessibility, fire safety and building quality. Many had mould, condensation and sewerage problems. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Plan to raise standards in capital’s housing complexes, some which are 80-plus years old

A Luas tram blocks traffic on O’Connell Bridge: Anne Graham “should be apologising to the city of Dublin”, says  Cllr Mannix Flynn.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

City council criticises NTA’s Anne Graham over traffic congestion caused by Luas line

Traffic signage on Dublin’s College Green. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An Bord Pleanála to hear submissions on €10m development on March 12th

The unused Kishogue train station which was built in anticipation of future development near Adamstown and Clonburris in Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Councillors are expected to give go-ahead to Clonburris scheme amid worries over resources

The introduction of the new Luas Green Line in December led to traffic delays in the Trinity College/Nassau Street area in the run up to Christmas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taxi restrictions also being considered in attempt to reduce delays through city centre

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

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