The council secured 12 repossession orders in the courts last year,  while three ‘lump sum settlements’ of €30,500 in total were made.

Just over 64% of council’s 25,000 tenants in arrears and 41 owe more than €27,000

Computer-generated image of metro for Dublin

Dublin should follow example of Rome, Paolo Serpi says

“The rationale for restricting access of domesticated animals to beaches is that among the most common hazards in bathing waters are microbial pathogens introduced by faecal contamination from humans and animals,” says Ian Diamond, An Taisce’s coastal awards manager.

Local authorities advised of international health and safety standards on bathing areas

St Teresa’s Gardens: The number of homes expected to be delivered as part of the development is estimated to be reduced from 700 to about 540. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Number of homes delivered in development to be reduced, councillors told

New LDA chair Cormac O’Rourke was previously chairman of Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Appointment ends nine-month search for John Moran replacement

Moore Street: Patrick Pearse surrendered to British forces from this terrace of houses on the street at the end of the 1916 Easter Rising.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK group Hammerson secures first permissions for former Carlton site in Dublin city

An image of the development for Moore Street including a planned archway as envisaged in June. Illustration: Hammerson

Local campaigners to appeal approval for mixed scheme which would ‘destroy’ Moore Street

Legislation will put the Construction Industry Register Ireland on a statutory footing but it will continue to be operated by the Construction Industry Federation. Photograph: iStock

New Bill requires builders to sign up to statutory register but not for two more years

The number of homes in a new Dublin City Council housing scheme will have to be halved to accommodate tram ‘stables’ for the new Luas line extension to Finglas. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Local authority had been given permission for 120 social and affordable homes at Cabra site

While the situation had since stabilised to a degree, staff absences remained at a level that would ‘impact on service delivery’, chief fire officer Dennis Keeley said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Number of appliances’ could not be operated on New Year’s Eve, says chief fire officer

Dublin City Council plans to install speed ramps on Strand Road after an analysis found that some 1,800 lorries and cars broke the 50km/h speed limit daily. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

No lorries using the road had permits, according to Dublin City Council

An OPW contractor cleans the glass on one of the gas-lit street lamps in Phoenix Park. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Multimillion investment will result in environmental savings for the city

Dublin City Council will this year begin a four-year programme to replace some 40,000 old street lights with LED technology. Photograph: Alan Betson

Orange streets lights so familiar overhead in capital city to be replaced by LEDs

The Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) report shows PPE waste at record levels, with an increase in the presence of both masks and gloves. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin’s north inner city dirtiest place in the State – An Taisce report

Howth Presbyterian church clerk of session Margaret McKenna Clerk and minister Alastair Dunlop are criticising Fingal County Council plans for a cycle lane. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cycle lane decision ‘plain wrong’ as Howth Presbyterian church parking will be blocked

Principal Naomi Rousseau, centre, with, from left, parent Tara Clarke, special educational needs co-ordinator Hannah Goulden, and parents Jonathan Bell and Susan Connolly in the school playground, at St Matthew’s National School in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Apartments on former petrol station site would overlook playground and classrooms

A report claims there are at least 100 ‘crack houses’ in Tallaght,  where smoking, injecting, selling and manufacturing of the highly-addictive drug is occurring.  Photograph: Getty Images

New funding does not cover the services for drug users in Jobstown and Killinarden, says task force

The Magazine Fort complex in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin city landmark, which has fallen into dereliction, to be restored and opened to public

Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force co-ordinator Grace Hill: ‘The supports which Jadd and Carp are providing are essential to keeping people alive.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two projects support users of crack cocaine, and will run out of funds by December 31st

Clúid launched the State’s first cost rental homes in Taylor Hill, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Despite slow start, cost rental has potential to lower rents and create more mixed estates

Musa Tshikota and Emma Lebogang Rakgotho with two of their children, Cassie (1) and Kaylie (4), who are happily renting in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘There was only one four-bed house, and we had been picked out. It was so very, very lucky’

The Peter McVerry Trust was  granted a waiver by Dublin City Council from having to seek planning permission to use 99 and 100 Lower Baggot Street for 74 emergency accommodation beds. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Baggot Street firms say McVerry Trust should not have been granted exemption

Local organisations held a protest on Thursday night outside the Archbishop’s Palace on the Drumcondra Road, appealing to be permitted back into the hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Community groups denied access to Corpus Christi hall due to ‘fire safety concerns’

A Dublin City Council conference on vacant buildings heard there was a need to attract the suburban shopper back to the city centre with a more diverse offering. Photograph: Getty Images

Property consultant says more diverse offering needed to attract suburban shoppers back to city centre

Deansgrange Cemetery. The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s director of services, Robert Burns, said the route  would be implemented in a ‘sensitive, tasteful and respectful manner’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Using the graveyard will avoid the need to disrupt traffic, says council

Many survey respondents said they would like to be able to source their own renewable energy by installing solar panels but felt this was either too expensive, not an option for them or they didn’t have enough information

Households want to use renewable energy but need more State support

The preliminary business case was also approved for the wider Dart+ programme. Photograph: Tom Honan

Application to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála next year

Storm Barra hits the coast in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trees, trampolines and debris removed from roads across the capital

George’s Dock at the IFSC: It was the white-water rafting plan’s champion, council chief executive Owen Keegan, who pulled the plug when funding did not come on stream. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alternative water project for Dublin’s George’s Dock might not be dead in water

Anthony Flynn, the former chief executive of Inner City Helping Homeless, had been under investigation by gardaí in relation to two alleged sexual assaults at the time of his death. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seat vacant since Independent’s death last August could remain empty until 2024

Dun Leary House at corner of Dun Leary Hill. A new proposal aims to add four storeys to the protected structure. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Developer wants to remove roof and add four storeys to protected 19th-century property

The Lyric Theatre stands on a sloping site at triangular junction between the grid pattern of Belfast’s brick streetscape and the serpentine parkland of the river Lagan.

RIAI ‘exceptional merit’ award for the ‘open and welcoming’ Lyric Theatre in Belfast

A road sign at Fairview, Dublin, showing the new city centre speed limit of 30km/h. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New street signs to direct motorists to drive very slowly in shared spaces

Traffic on George’s Quay in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Three-quarters of respondents to public consultation support low-emission zones

The council published new plans last year for the pedestrian and cycle plaza at College Green,  which would see the traffic-free zone double in size from previous designs

Plans for traffic-free plaza first proposed in 2015 but rejected by planning board in 2018

Visitors to St Audoen’s Park, St Patrick’s Park, Weaver Park and Oscar Square in the Liberties, and Grattan Park in Inchicore who use the app will be rewarded with civic dollars. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Visitors to five parks in Dublin 8 can earn credits if they sign up for exercise-tracking app

Passengers can use Dublin Bus, Luas and most Dart, commuter rail and Go-Ahead Ireland services in Dublin within 90 minutes of initial departure, without incurring extra charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Flat €2.30 charge for use of buses, Luas and trains

Navigating Park Avenue in Sandymount. Residents complaining the route is too narrow. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New C-Spine routes come into operation on Sunday along with versatile 90-minute fare

JP McManus (pictured) along with John Magnier and Michael O’Flynn are hoping to get their west Dublin riverside lands rezoned for housing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposals for 5,000 homes in west Dublin clash with riverside protection orders

The Oscar Traynor site in Dublin

Dublin councillors vote for Glenveagh social and affordable homes scheme

Flooding along the Clontarf seafront in 2012.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Flooding is prime climate change risk for the city with up to 20,000 buildings at risk

The Met Éireann office in Glasnevin. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 500 additions to Dublin city Record of Protected Structures sought by Minster

Under the  draft Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2022-2042 published this week, proposals for a  southside metro have been scrapped while the Dart Underground will not be built for at least 20 years.

Taoiseach insists planning application for MetroLink has not been delayed by a decade

MetroLink, essentially old Metro North, is likely to go ahead with a planning application due to be submitted next year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: Eight additional Luas lines on the cards but not until after 2042

The proposed Dart Underground line, linking Heuston Station to the Dart line by tunnelling under the city via St Stephen’s Green, will not be built before 2042, according to the NTA

Dart underground shelved until 2042; no metro lines to be built to south or west of Dublin

The Coalition’s climate plan proposes measures to discourage car usage to achieve a 51% reduction in transport emissions. File photograph: Getty

Parking charges to increase up to €3.50 per hour almost two years after being proposed

Heat pumps will be installed in 600,000 homes under the Government’s plan. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

One-stop shops for grants and contractors under Government plan

The Oscar Traynor site, near the Port Tunnel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Developer Glenveagh offers to increase proportion of social homes in scheme

The new stalls should be in place by next February, with the council planning to issue the contract for an initial period of one year. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin City Council seeks operator for expanded street market

Carlos Moreno: ‘We are not constrained to watch the future, we need to change the future, because this is for the survival of humanity after 2050.’ Photograph: Mathieu Delmestre

Carlos Moreno created eco-friendly concept that became more plausible in the pandemic

The Cobblestone: protest over plan to build over pub. Photograph: Alan Betson

Smithfield scheme exceeds limits on height and plot ratio, Green MEP says

Dublin’s urban parks have been credited with improving people’s physical and mental health during Covid-19 lockdowns in research from Dublin City University (DCU) and Dublin City Council. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

DCU study highlights overcrowding, lack of toilets and dog fouling as issues

Almost 20 per cent of the 47,600 homes are designated for Dublin city, a target which would require social housing construction in the capital to increase by almost 10 times the current rate

More than 9,000 social homes expected to be built in Dublin city

Outdoor dining on Capel Street in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More than 80 per cent of respondents to city council survey would like to see car ban

Dublin City Council said the regeneration of Oliver Bond House would take up to 15 years to complete

Advantages from deals with private developers are ‘hard to resist’, city council says

The former Chivers factory in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Could planning changes prevent the ‘flipping’ of sites such as Chivers in north Dublin

The report noted that ‘no attention is paid to nutritional needs or food safety’. File photograph: Damien Eagers

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive report notes ‘undignified’ model of on-street services

The plaque was unveiled by Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, pictured here with Historian Cecelia Hartsell, at the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, formerly the Friends’ Meeting House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Visit of abolitionist to city commemorated at Eustace Street building where he spoke

Surveys of 520 adults living in rented accommodation or with their parents found most wanted to buy their own homes. Photograph: PA

Survey by Land Development Agency shows low awareness of new cost rental scheme

A computer-generated image of ‘The Jam Factory’ apartment scheme in Coolock, Dublin 17

Councillors say they felt ‘fooled’ into rezoning Coolock location for housing

Last year An Bord Pleanála approved an increase in the number of apartments on the former Chivers jam factory site to 550. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Councillors say they were ‘fooled’ into rezoning with ‘sugared’ promises of housing

UCD and Trinity College students, pictured outside Dublin City Council ’s offices in Wood Quay, during a protest in response to DCC chief executive, Owen Keegan’s comments about student accommodation. Photograph: Damien Eagers for The Irish Times

Student housing letter had ‘element of sarcasm’, council chief executive admits

The new tax on land hoarding – Zoned Land Tax   – will replace the ineffective vacant-site levy. Photograph: iStock

Housing expectations are high due to receding pandemic and Housing for All plan

Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  arrive at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Budget 2022: Help-to-buy scheme extended and ‘record €6bn’ allocated to Housing

Cycle route for Deansgrange has been delayed. Image: Google Streetview

Councillor Shay Brennan said ‘the safety of thousands of schoolchildren’ was at stake

Flood defence barriers along the Clontarf seafront as a high tide posed a risk of flooding in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delays in protections ‘deeply concerning’, says Green councillor

The woman is to appear in court on Monday. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí arrested woman in her 20s on Sunday

Protesters march to the Dublin City Council offices in protest at a proposal to build a 114-room hotel around the Cobblestone pub at Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wooden coffin carried by protesters chanting ‘homes not hotels’ and ‘culture not vultures’

Part of the Oscar Traynor site in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Councillors asked to approve Glenveagh development of Oscar Traynor lands

Pronsías O’Rathaille, grandson of  Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, and James Connolly Heron, great grandson of  James Connolly, unveiling a plan for the preservation and development of Moore Street in Dublin 1.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners say opportunity exists to avoid another ‘failure’ similar to Wood Quay development

 Owenbridge managing director John Dunne on Drury Street Dublin with the collapsible waste container called the Bagbin. Photograph: Bryan O’ Brien

Collapsible waste receptacle will protect bin bags from vermin

St Conleth’s College in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The school’s website says it planned to build ‘state-of-the-art laboratory facilities’ and larger classrooms and art facilities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Redevelopment of historic coach house at Dublin 4 school ‘tokenistic’ and ‘crude’

The selection of a new Dublin city councillor to replace Anthony Flynn has been deferred. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seat could be left vacant until next local elections

Niall Cussen says it is becoming quite clear   the degree to which local authorities are ‘very, very hard stretched at the moment’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Niall Cussen says local authority planning departments are seriously under-resourced

Anthony Flynn, the late chief executive of Inner City Helping Homeless: A group of Independent councillors plans to nominate Geraldine Molloy to take his seat at the council’s monthly meeting. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Seat may stay vacant until 2024 after death of charity CEO Anthony Flynn

Sandford Living Limited, part of the Ardstone group, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for a Strategic Housing Development  of apartments – 604 will be rental only, with the remaining 67 for sale. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Ardstone Capital plans to put 671 apartments on former Jesuit lands at Milltown Park

The Luas line in the Naas Road. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Build for ‘posh rich people’ first at proposed Naas Road project, says London developer

Looking at the outlook for the year ahead, the agency forecasts further growth in prices both in Dublin and nationally. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Minister stresses ‘concerning level of non-compliance’ with caps in pressure zones

The Naas Road is the “obvious place to grow the city. The alternative is we end up with a Los Angelino Dublin which is spread out over 75-mile radius into the countryside.”  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Replacement of showrooms and warehouses in ‘City Edge’ to stop ‘Los Angelino Dublin’

‘Up to July it was a tenants’ market but that is all coming to an end. We are almost back to normal in terms of demand,’ says estate agent Owen Reilly said.

Three-fold increase in demand for properties, particularly for overseas tenants

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was not the only politician to object to  the planned build-to-rent scheme  on Clonliffe Road. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Locals rarely like change and politicians will always support objections to big housing projects

Main Street in Donabate, Co Dublin. The proposed housing scheme  includes 667 apartments in 16 blocks of up to five storeys, along with of 346 houses and 352 duplexes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Residents preparing for judicial review on application for 1,365 homes made last week

 Outdoor dining on Capel Street in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin City Council seeks public’s view on proposals for streets’ future

An estimated 6,500 homeowners in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s area will face LPT bills for the first time next year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Councillors reject warnings from local authority chief about funding shortage for services in 2022

Strand Road, Sandymount: Dublin City Council is appealing the  rejection by the High Court of a cycle path on the coastal route. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Traffic volumes on coast road damaging environment, health and safety

Dublin City Council  is seeking to eliminate bags from the streets altogether as they cause ‘significant litter problems’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New collapsible waste receptacle to be trialled by businesses in city centre

Dublin City Council head of housing Brendan Kenny said ‘a small number of leases’ were with investors who had bought houses originally built by the council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Houses ‘now private’ following purchase by tenants, says Dublin City Council official

 Dublin City Council  says it will continue the pedestrianisation trial of Capel Street for another month, while it conducts its consultation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin City Council will need to tread carefully over future of pedestrianisation

Image of the hotel and aparthotel complex  which had been planned for  the site at the back of the Jervis shopping centre

Pat Crean wants permission for 12-storey scheme despite having started building hotel

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance built the Baile na Laochra estate in Ballymun in 2018, with prices for the houses coming in at about 30% below market value. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ó Cualann co-op house sold at discount for €170,000 goes sale agreed for €325,000

Cars have been banned from the streets from 6.30pm to 11.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday since June 11th to facilitate outdoor dining. Photograph: Alan Betson

Car ban to facilitate outdoor dining on weekend nights was to end next weekend

An 82-year-old Dublin man has been united with the sister he never knew existed until weeks ago.  File photograph: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg News

Paddy Delaney had been searching for surviving family members for almost 20 years

Karzan Sabah Ahmed with Shahen Qasm and their daughter Lina, who were killed in a crash on the M6 outside Ballinasloe, Co Galway, last week. Photograph: Kurdish Irish Society Karzan Sabah Ahmed with Shahen Qasm and their daughter Lina, who were killed in a crash on the M6 outside Ballinasloe, Co Galway, last week. Photograph: Kurdish Irish Society

Brother of Kurdish father killed in Galway crash found out about incident on Facebook

Dublin City Council’s head of housing said the accommodation would be most suited to ‘homeless single people’ rather than families. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vacant student blocks under consideration as alternative to hostel accommodation

A cyclist on Strand Road, Sandymount. The High Court ruled the cycleway would have to go through the planning process. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

It mostly stems from proposals to reallocate road space – used by cars – for cyclists

The council had hoped to enter into a 25-year lease to use the block of 28 apartments, under construction on the corner of Sandwith Street and Boyne Street, for social housing. Photograph: Google Streetview

Talks with O’Callaghan hotel group over using 28 apartments for social housing fail

Orla McKeown (grandniece of Det Sgt  Patrick McKeown) and Marie Hyland (daughter of Det Garda Richard Hyland) with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the unveiling of a plaque to honour the two members of An Garda Síochána killed in duty 81 years ago. Photograph: Colin Keegan

City council commemorations committee chair did not go to plaque unveiling

The late Anthony Flynn pictured in 2017. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Councillor founded Inner City Helping Homeless but was recently suspended by charity

A general view from Croke Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Over 1,600 rental-only apartments will mean ‘return to absentee landlordism’ – campaign

No roads would be closed, the council said, but part of Deansgrange Road would become one-way for a distance of just under 1km. Image: Google Streetview

Group claims council plan to introduce one-way traffic could cause ‘immense disruption’

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