Minister for Children and Integration Roderic O’Gorman’s department  is seeking to replace the network of direct provision centres with a new system of accommodation and supports by the end of 2024. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government should buy a number of privately-owned direct provision centres as a “priority” as it would be more “cost effective” for the State to r(...)

Eroded mountain peat. Drawing by Michael Viney

Breathing in, as I choose to imagine, great gulps of CO2 from over the sea, our hillside acre has reached a quite awesome peak of summer leaves. Every(...)

Flood defences in place in Fermoy. File photograph: Office of Public Works

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and Cork County Council have been urged to investigate why a pumping system on the Fermoy Flood Defence Scheme failed(...)

 Garda specialist units are currently housed in Harcourt Square but must vacate the offices by the end of 2022. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has warned there will be “huge financial implications” if there are further delays to work on a new Garda command and(...)

The OPW announced in early May it was closing the 218 metre high Skellig Michael as a visitor attraction due to concerns over Covid-19 but promised to review the decision as circumstances changed and some lockdown measures were relaxed.

The Office of Public Works has confirmed it will not re-open the Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage Site for the remainder of the 2020 tourist seas(...)

Mike Murray runs through Phoenix Park with his son Donnacha and spaniel Pip. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Cars can return to Dublin’s Phoenix Park from Monday, despite pleas from environmental groups to retain Covid-19 restrictions on parking in the city’s(...)

Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham. Imma  has off-site storage in OPW warehouse.  File photograph.

The storage facility holding the State’s multi-million euro collection of modern art falls “significantly below international museum standards” and wa(...)

The Usher’s Island James Joyce house, location of  the short story,  The Dead. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Plans to turn the James Joyce “House of the Dead” on Dublin’s Liffey quays into a 56-bedroom hostel have been lodged with Dublin City Council. The Ge(...)

Leinster House: the cost of the renovation project is currently running 11 per cent over its €14.8 million budget. File photograph: Alan Betson

The major multi-million euro project to renovate Leinster House is on course to run up to 20 per cent over budget, according to internal Office of Pub(...)

The memorial gardens at Islandbridge. The new bridge will not reach as far as Phoenix Park but a new pedestrian crossing is expected to be introduced, linking bridge and park via existing cycleways. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Almost a century after it was first planned, a pedestrian bridge will soon cross Dublin’s river Liffey, linking the Irish National War Memorial Garden(...)

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