About 350,000 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste have been loaded so far this year into the seven landfill sites that have reached their annual licensed capacity.

Emergency measures have been invoked to ensure that the household waste we generate every day will not be left uncollected at the kerbside in the run(...)

An image from a Northern Irish road safety campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Those charged with reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Northern Ireland’s roads subscribe to the value of shock impact – to such an (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney had previously told Meath County Council to reverse its decision to zone land at Pace for housing, retail and employment. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has dropped plans to block the development of 500 houses and a new enterprise zone near Dunboyne, Co Meath, close t(...)

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Seán Kyne said he believed the amalgamation of Galway’s city and county councils should be explored but that  should be a consensus on the matter before such a move took place. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Politicians in Galway are at odds over a proposal by a Department of Environment expert group to merge the city and county councils into a “Greater Ga(...)

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: met with Ciarán Hayes, chief executive of Sligo County Council on September 21st to discuss staffing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

The battle to save Sligo’s three libraries will gather momentum on Monday morning when county councillors unanimously back a Section 140 motion forci(...)

Sleeping rough in Dublin. The Simon Community’s chief executive has defended the charity’s €7.55m salary bill for 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There is now a record number of 228 rough sleepers in Dublin city centre, according to the Simon Community. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has de(...)

Concerns have been raised about the cost for older families and how a system which was supposed to save money for 80% cent of families has left the majority paying more. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to warn waste management companies it will issue regulations on them if refuse charges continue to increase. Minister for Housing S(...)

Francis O’Donnell said Ireland has one of the largest and biologically fish-rich sea areas, but has been allocated quotas for 18 per cent of the total catch.   Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

An Irish fishing industry representative says north Atlantic coastal states, including Ireland, Iceland and Norway, should form their own economic uni(...)

Ireland’s largest trade union Siptu will be represented at Saturday’s march. It criticised “decades of underinvestment”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Housing charities and trade unions will call on the Government to announce a national housing emergency during a protest in Dublin on Saturday. The d(...)

Michael Fitzmaurice, a former chair of the Turf-Cutters’ Association, has outstanding issues and was arguing against the tide of EU habitats directives on turf-cutting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Is it going to happen today, finally? The vote for the nomination of taoiseach (the fourth vote) is scheduled for 12pm. Will it finally happen? Well (...)

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