The  recycling scheme will not involve a new charge or tax on motorists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new recycling scheme will from next year to oversee the disposal of all waste tyres in the Republic. Repak End of Life Tyres will also contribute (...)

 Sally-Anne Berry on the site of her home   at the Labre Park halting site in Ballyfermot, Dublin.  She and her husband and two daughters, aged three and three months,  live in a small caravan.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sally-Anne Berry (24) has been “very afraid” for the safety of her young family since the night of January 29th last. This was when a fir(...)

Mount Panther site in Clough, Co Down: the 18th-century site is among the heritage buildings most at risk over  Northern Ireland funding cuts.

Almost 500 historic buildings across Northern Ireland are deemed to be at risk, with fears the number could rise after the removal of restoration fund(...)

Modular housing, as demonstrated by the Dublin local authorities at a demonstration event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some 500 units of modular housing will be provided as emergency housing for homeless families across Dublin, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly h(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the scene of a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Traveller families in dozens of halting sites across the State face fire-safety risks due to overcrowding and poor maintenance, campaigners have warne(...)

The Government and health authorities pledged to close unsuitable “congregated settings” within a seven-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Government plans to move up to 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities out of outdated institutions within a six-year period are likely to take de(...)

Susan Morgan with Aaron (16), Sara (14) and Abu (5) at home in Labasheeda, Co Clare. “We were very lucky to get this beautiful house. I have a big kitchen-dining room, and this big utility room.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Leaving her council house in Dublin to bring her four children to live in Co Clare was the “best thing” Susan Morgan ever did for her family. She and (...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said the figures,  obtained in a series of information requests to local authorities, showed 2,612 vacant properties. Photograph: Sara Freund

Local authorities have more than 2,600 vacant homes across the State and cuts in refurbishment funds of €6.15 million, according to Freedom of Informa(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the environment Barry Cowen says “the Government is significantly understating the extent of the crisis, using figures that are actually two years out of date.”  Photograph: Sara Freund

Almost 45 per cent more families and individuals are on social housing waiting lists than official Government figures show, Fianna Fáil has claimed. T(...)

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