Party sources said Ms Hanafin was attempting to make a return to politics weeks after calling the performance of Fianna Fáil in Dublin as “brutal”, “appalling” and “awful”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has insisted former education minister Mary Hanafin will not be a candidate for the party in the local elections in Blackrock, Co Dubli(...)

Ikea Ballymun, Dublin: company looking to expand its presence  in  the  Irish  market at Cherrywood  due to  the  success  of  its  first store  in  Ballymun.

Ikea, the Swedish household goods multiple, will not be permitted to proceed with its plans for a new 35,000sq m “flagship” store in the Cherrywood ar(...)

 Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn’s posters in Temple Bar yesterday. Mr Flynn says his posters are on private property and so are legal.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some European and local election candidates face the prospect of fines in the run-up to polling day after putting up posters before it was permitte(...)

A computer generated perspective view of a winning school design by Gilroy McMahon Architects

Given his training as an architect, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn was bound to raise the profile of school design, as indeed he has done (...)

Dancers from “Can’t Stop the Music” at the Forty Foot in June 1990. The dancers were taking part in a photocall to publicise the return of the show to the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Paddy Whelan / The Irish Times.

One of the last bastions of male exclusivity in Ireland has been breached following a decision by the Sandycove Bathers’ Association to accept (...)

A month ago, 805 business owners in Dún Laoghaire were balloted on whether or not the town should become a Business Improvement District. The Yes vote won and now councillors must decide whether the proposal proceeds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More people than usual will be watching tonight’s meeting of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Some say the outcome of one vote will be a (...)

Architect Evelyn Darcy with Transition Year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Architecture has quietly been introduced to some secondary schools in Ireland as architects leave their design studios and building sites to wo(...)

Residents behind sandbags at Poleberry, Waterford city. Photograph: Patrick Browne
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SOUTHEASTResidents and businesspeople along the southeast coast are hoping they are over the worst of the flooding which hit many areas badly on Monda(...)

Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul called for a valuation before plans for five group housing units went any further but the council spokeswoman said there were no plans to do a valuation at this stage.

Plans to build Traveller accommodation in one of Dublin’s most affluent areas have moved into implementation phase, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Coun(...)

Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul said 92 people and one resident association made submissions against the Mount Anville Road site. “I’m very disappointed with the result as it will have a direct effect on the future funding of our capital programme.”

A proposal to build Traveller accommodation on sites in one of Ireland’s wealthiest areas was passed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last (...)

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