Data published by the Department of Housing shows that of the 25,814 dwellings that were inspected in 2018, a total of 20,414 were substandard.

More than 80 per cent of private rental accommodation that was inspected last year failed to meet the minimum standards required by law, new figures s(...)

Prof Peter Gallagher watches on as guest of honour astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell admires Lord Rosse’s tie – inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which drew inspiration from the galaxies discovered using the giant telescope at Birr Castle in the 19th century. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

The Low Frequency Array radio telescope at Birr Castle, known as I-LOFAR, has contributed significantly to international space research since it was i(...)

Michelle O’Brien with Tommy, Jamie and Joey, three of her seven children. She is a qualified beautician but has been unable to work due to the family’s insecure housing situation. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

A homeless family in the midlands, who have been placed in three separate hotels in three different counties in the past week, may finally be accommod(...)

Michelle O’Brien with three of her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey O’Brien at their  emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

A homeless family in the Midlands has been placed in three separate hotels, in three different counties, since Monday. Michelle and Patrick O’Brien a(...)

Michelle O’Brien and three of her  children – Tommy, Jamie and Joey – at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Michelle and Patrick O’Brien and their seven children, aged between three and 14, have been homeless since June 2018 and say they are “weary and hopel(...)

Michelle O’Brien pictured with her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Child homelessness in the midlands more than tripled in two years, while the cost of providing emergency accommodation in the region is on course to e(...)

Peter Casey received his highest support nationally in Tipperary – the constituency where  he criticised a number of Traveller families for refusing to accept offered council houses. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

John Leahy, leader of the Renua party and a member of Offaly County Council, believes he lost 300 votes in his home-town of Kilcormac when he was wron(...)

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The majority of local authorities have voted to keep the level of local property tax at the same rate for the coming year. Only a small number of cou(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

A boil water notice is in place in Co Offaly and Co Wexford

The discovery of bacteria commonly associated with faeces has led to a boil water notice for almost 10,000 Irish Water customers in Co Offaly. The no(...)

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