Herbert Simms, who was appointed by Dublin Corporation of the city’s first housing architect,  is probably best known for the development of the city’s corporation flats, such as Chancery Place near the Four Courts. Photograph: G&T Crampton Archive

Few argue against the State having a role in the provision of social housing for those who do not have the means to house themselves. But how deeply (...)

Minister for Enterprise  Heather Humphreys, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing  Eoghan Murphy  during the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency, at the Department of Social Protection, Dublin. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

There is much about the Land Development Agency (LDA) that seems sensible, to the point it is a wonder that it didn’t exist sooner. It is difficult t(...)

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance  arriving at the launch of Home Building Finance Ireland. Photograph: Tom Honan

More than 7,500 homes are expected to be built over the next five years by small and medium-sized developers using a €750 million State loans scheme. (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “We need to renew our focus on policies that seek to be aware of, or make progress on, income inequality.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland is not immune to the rise of the populist politics seen around the world since 2016, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has warned. In a le(...)

The entrance to the Thornton Hall site in north Dublin. Purchase of the site by the Department of Justice in 2004 was mired in controversy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Celtic Tiger years produced a petri dish for expensive and grandiose government initiatives. Little has been learned from those damaging experimen(...)

Since the Thornton Hall prison site was acquired almost €20 million has been spent on consultancy and legal fees along with works. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The site once destined to be the State’s first ‘super prison’ now looks set to be used to ease the housing crisis. More than €51 million has been spe(...)

If sold, the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin  site could raise up to €37 million, according to a memo from Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin may be turned into an elective adult hospital or a primary care centre after services move to the new nation(...)

September saw the removal – attended by masked gardaí – of “Take Back The City” housing activists from a property at 34 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1. Six activists were arrested. Photograph:  Jack Power

The year began with fireworks when the outgoing head of the Housing Agency Conor Skehan suggested people may be “gaming the system” by presenting them(...)

The positive news is that more houses are being built.

For anyone looking to relocate to Dublin, buy their first property, or trade up or down, the prospects for buying a home in 2019 look better than they(...)

 Lorcan O’Connor,  an accountant, is currently head of the Insolvency Service of Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tackling a €780 million pension shortfall and managing extensive properties are among the challenges facing incoming CIÉ chief executive Lorcan O’Con(...)

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