Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government policy is fuelling further land speculation and making the housing crisis worse, a leading housing expert has warned. University College D(...)

The Report on Climate Change and Land will be of critical importance to Ireland, Denis Naughten said, as agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Irish emissions. File photograph:Getty Images

The process of revisiting Ireland’s climate change strategy – as flagged by Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten – will be takin(...)

The Department of Housing also plans to revisit ghost estates as a potential source of vacant homes. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Local authorities must make greater use of compulsory purchase orders to acquire vacant homes for social housing, the Department of Housing, Planning (...)

Housing organisation iCare’s founder David Hall expects the group to build up a stock of 500 homes over the next 18 months.

The not-for-profit approved housing body iCare aims to have 1,000 tenants within the next 18 months. The organisation intends to achieve this target (...)

Dublin remains the centre of the State’s homelessness problem with 1,352 families accessing homeless services in the region out of a national total of 1,754. There were 2,858 children in such services in the capital in June

The number of homeless people in the State increased slightly in June to almost 9,900, Department of Housing figures show. A total of 6,048 adults ar(...)

“The Minister has requested Ervia to prepare a plan for separation which ensures that momentum is not lost.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has urged the semi-State utility company Ervia to prepare a plan for the separation of its Irish Water division in a way that does not (...)

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee is chaired by Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Public Accounts Committee has criticised local authorities and the Department of Housing for paying out millions in rent subsidies to private land(...)

Litter is transitioning from primarily a visual concern to a health and environmental one, according to group. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Irish Business Against Litter is to extend its annual anti-litter league rankings to include more than 60 beaches, ports and rivers. The business gro(...)

An inquiry found the Leeside Apartments complex in Cork has widespread fire safety deficiencies

Social Affairs Correspondent Sixteen low-income householders in Cork city say they will stay in their apartments despite a determination by the Resi(...)

German-listed Henkel is investing up to €18 million expanding its 3D printing research and development (R&D) capabilities as it opens a new hub in Tallaght, Dublin.  Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Photo

Chemical and consumer goods giant Henkel will spend up to €18 million expanding its research and development (R&D) capabilities as it opens a new (...)

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