Professor Louden Ryan (right), then chairman of the National Planning Board in 1984 with Dr Peter Bacon, director of the board secretariat. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times .

Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 9(...)

Pigeons on Lower Gardiner Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Anyone passing by Sheriff Youth Club in Dublin’s north inner city might notice its sparkling new all-weather football pitch. It is among the first gr(...)

Built in 1959, Croke Villas in Dublin’s north inner city had been mostly vacant for the past decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m standing on a street in Dublin’s north inner city, in the shadow of Croke Park’s Cusack Stand, watching a block of council flats being reduced to (...)

Whatever shape our new government takes, most if not all our newly elected politicians agree that housing is a critical issue that must be tackled as(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly continues to battle for rent certainty measures. Photograph: Getty Images

As Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly continues to battle for rent certainty measures, an unpublished report backs his stance on the issue. The N(...)

‘Student accommodation is another area where significant shortages are emerging and a rapidly increased supply is essential.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the need to increase housing supply and the supply of office space, with concerns expressed abou(...)

David Begg who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Begg, who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), has been a true champion for workers, Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

‘Generating solar electricity on our roofs should be one of the easiest projects for a householder or a community. But in Ireland you don’t get paid for supplying solar electricity to the grid. That explains why we have only 1MW of installed solar, while the UK has 3,400 MW.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Industrial wind? Coal at Moneypoint? Fracking? Peat? The Government is consulting on the future of our energy system. They will prepare a document lat(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the new NTMA board would continue to oversee attempts to reduce the national debt to below 100 per cent of GDP by 2018

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has completed the early repayment of €9 billion of IMF loans that is expected to result in a saving of (...)

The Government has already committed to developing a comprehensive strategy for social housing, but has yet to finalise its plans. The latest report f(...)

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