Merrion strand: the beach is the first in Ireland to face a permanent bathing ban.

Swimming is to be banned at Merrion strand in Dublin Bay because of persistent problems with bathing water quality – it is the first Irish beach to ha(...)

Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Clare County Council are among the local authorities to publicly state they are closing playgrounds.  Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has reiterated its stance that there is no need for parents to have a complete ban on play dates. It comes as pla(...)

An aerial view of Cabinteely village with a computer generated image of the proposed residential scheme

When it comes to the frequently fraught area of our planning process, it’s fair to say that both developers and local residents can be, at times, capa(...)

A means-tested grant scheme to support the replacement of lead pipes was introduced in 2016. File photograph: Frank Miller

Only 105 households have made use of State grants to replace potentially harmful lead pipes in their homes since a scheme was set up four years ago, n(...)

She attempts to smile, but with all the work she’s had done, she looks like she’s trying to squeeze out a silent fart at a funeral

I hear the old dear’s voice before I manage to even get the key in the door. She’s going, “How? Dare? They?” For a second or two, I think about maybe(...)

The new apartment scheme at Herbert Hill in Dundrum, Dublin, in 2019. The finished development was later sold as a job lot to German investor Realis and will be leased to the local authority for social housing. Photograph: James Forde

Only about 8,000 of the 21,000 new homes built in the Republic last year were offered for sale on the open market, according to the Construction Indus(...)

James Douglas, who lives in a caravan on the side of the road in the Rathsallagh Park area of Shankill, and his children Skye (9) and Kealum (10). Photograph: Dave Meehan

A south Dublin man who has been living in a caravan for more than three years fears returning to a tent following an eviction notice from the local au(...)

Jim Kennedy had made an FOI request to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for copies of all records it held relating to his company. Photograph: Courts Collins

Businessman Jim Kennedy and his company Jackson Way Properties (JWP) have lost a High Court challenge over a refusal to provide information about land(...)

The extent of the damage caused at Kilbogget Park in south Dublin in December. File photograph: Colm Hand

  Football pitches in south Co Dublin that were damaged by joyriders in late December are not expected to reopen until the summer. On December (...)

Property website Daft recorded Irish house prices falling last year for the first time since 2012. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

With the new year now a week old and a raft of predictions and data on house prices, what can we expect in the residential market this year? For thos(...)

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