Eoghan Murphy: the Minister for Housing  will announce proposals  to exempt a number of developments from planning permissions to help tackle the housing crisis.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Empty shops and other commercial units, as well as vacant properties above shops, will be allowed to be redeveloped for residential use without the ne(...)

Heavy snowfall in Westmeath on Sunday morning. Photograph: David Clarke/Twitter

Heavy snow made driving in many parts of the country treacherous on Sunday, with freezing conditions expected on Sunday night.  Want to (...)

Midlands Simon, which runs a six-bed homeless  shelter in Athlone (pictured), has already cut staffing and says it will likely have to close the facility unless it gets a “reasonable increase in funding”, according to its chief executive, Tony Riordain. File photograph: Google Street View

The only emergency shelter for homeless people in Co Westmeath, which also serves Laois, Longford and Offaly, faces closure because its costs can no l(...)

Vouched annual expenses will be introduced allowing members to claim €5,000 per annum. File photograph: Getty Images

Elected councillors are to receive increased pay, renewed motor travel rates and additional expenses payments. The Department of Housing, on behalf o(...)

Unless there is ‘some unexpected significant shock or a substantial increase in housing supply’, prices will continue to climb, the ESRI says. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

A new report published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on Tuesday predicts Irish house prices will rise by at least 20 per cent o(...)

DCU’s Water Institute monitors water quality in Dublin Bay.

Ireland is back in the dock. The Environmental Protection Agency recently found waste-water facilities do not comply with EU standards in 50 of Irelan(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: The full case study into the Millfield Manor fire in Kildare was not published following legal advice from the AG, according to briefing notes prepared for Mr Murphy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A report providing guidelines for homes with fire-safety defects was altered by the Department of Housing, following advice from the Attorney General.(...)

Extreme weather events, involving storm surges, flooding and destructive winds, have become part of everyday life – and the situation is likely to worsen. Photgraph: NASA Earth Observatory/ AFP/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned of a “national emergency” as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia battered the country yesterday. After years in which succ(...)

The Government plans to spend €11 million cleaning up dumps next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government plans to spend €11 million cleaning up dumps next year, figures published alongside the details of Budget 2018 show. A breakdown of th(...)

Rockbrook in  Sandyford where Ires Reit has been refused permission for 492 apartments.

Property group Ires Reit has lost its appeal against a decision refusing it permission to build some 450 apartments in an area in Dublin with high de(...)

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