The national average re-letting time has dropped significantly since 2016, down to 28.9 weeks. File photograph: Frank Miller

More than 3,600 local authority homes lay vacant at the end of last year, with councils taking on average 28.9 weeks to re-let houses after they becom(...)

People living in rural areas were far less satisfied with the quality of road maintenance. File photograph: Getty Images

Fixing and maintaining roads is the most important service city and county councils provide, according to a survey conducted by the State local author(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said funding would be provided from next year to achieve the 2021 target of 25 per cent of homes being inspected. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A planned 25 per cent annual inspection rate of private rental accommodation by local authorities will not be in place for four years, it has emerged.(...)