Plans for the Central Mental Hospital site have potential to create a housing development focused not on the market but families. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The high walls of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin, are a landmark for many. The site has the potential to become a landmark in an entir(...)

 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

 Former governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan: wants the State to set aside windfalls from stronger-than-expected corporate tax receipts. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The State’s main 11 banks and building societies racked up a total of €140 billion in loan losses in the decade since western Europe’s worst property (...)

Between the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2016, the strongest employment growth was in the construction sector, rising by 9.2 per cent. Photograph: iStock

It’s a fortuitous time to be a graduate: there are many opportunities to be found across a relatively broad range of sectors. But the growth in emplo(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he has nothing to do with the National Transport Authority’s new bus plan.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sometimes you wonder what the Government and large parts of the civil service actually do. So much power and executive authority now rests in the hand(...)

Public dismay over the number of homeless families and a shortage of affordable housing has put the Government under pressure.

A lack of detail concerning the powers and responsibilities of the proposed Land Development Agency is a cause for concern. Grandiose declarations tha(...)

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(...)

With the Land Development Agency, the big winners could be developers and the assorted hangers on in the big advisory companies, who have already milked Nama. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Another crisis, another agency. Creating a new body is one of the traditional Irish political routes to addressing a problem – the Health Service Exec(...)

John Mulcahy: “While the public sector is good at lots of things, there’s one thing it’s not very good at, and that’s building of any description.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The proposed establishment of the Land Development Agency is the latest policy measure by the Government to help tackle our housing crisis. The aim is(...)

Whether the prohibitive land cost element has been removed or not, a private sector developer-led model will seek a profit margin of at least 15 per cent. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

So what are the big takeaways from the newly announced Land Development Agency? Look past all the big numbers and where are all the affordable homes s(...)

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