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 of State for Health Finian McGrath is to meet Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe this week to discuss next month’s budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Alliance Ministers are to seek a restoration of the bereavement grant and an increase in gambling tax in Budget 2018. The group, which i(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Fine Gael parliamentary party think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A State agency to accelerate house-building and “step in where the private sector has failed” has been proposed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. In a spee(...)

Leo Varadkar is to confirm the theme of his tenure will be ‘a republic of opportunity’.

Reducing the burden on middle-income families will be a key Government priority in the upcoming budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to stress on Thursda(...)