Birds flying past the Poolbeg Chimneys. The first stack was built in 1969 and the second in 1977. Photograph: Tom Honan.

I have always been a fan of my family’s Poolbeg Chimneys. They are the first thing you see arriving in Dublin by sea or air and often the last thing y(...)

 London mayor Sadiq Khan: he has  flexed his muscles on the housing front more than once. Photograph: Getty Images

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan is proving something of a thorn in the side of developers. This week he stepped up his battle for more affordable hou(...)

Johnny Ronan: “stunned” by sale of Battersea Power Station to a Malaysian consortium in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish taxpayer would have shared in billions of euro of profit if the National Asset Management Agency had allowed Treasury Holdings to go ahead w(...)

Apple will establish its new UK headquarters at Battersea in 2021 as it moves 1,400 employees from eight offices around London to the former power station. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

When London’s Battersea Power Station was a mere proposal in the 1920s, Liberal MP Edward Hilton Young warned the fumes from its coal fires “will kill(...)