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Plans for the Central Mental Hospital site have potential to create a housing development focused not on the market but families. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The high walls of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin, are a landmark for many. The site has the potential to become a landmark in an entir(...)

 Housing crisis: there are human stories behind every statistic. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

If we really saw family life as important and shelter as a human right, people would not tolerate the selling of distressed mortgages to foreign funds(...)

The way forward: Dublin City Council and Ó Cualann co-operative has built houses in Ballymun with a starting price of €140,000.

There are two giant roadblocks to solving the housing crisis. The first is the five-year electoral cycle. The second is the persistent refusal by poli(...)

Yannis Varoufakis: ‘You [Irish] are such a weird and wonderful people.’ File image: EPA/Marta Perez

Is President Trump going to be allowed to fire nukes and end the world? No, according to former presidential adviser and apparent deep-state operative(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  Jer Bergin from the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hinted at the possibility of holding another referendum to give Oireachtas committees more powers in the wake of the banking(...)

Banking inquiry: Outlay of over €1.8m does not include 11 legal representatives that worked with committee for past year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Twenty staff working with the Oireachtas banking inquiry earned in excess of €1.8 million in salary and expenses this year, documents released under t(...)

Right to left: Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett of Combilift, Tom Kelly of Enterprise Ireland,  Richard Bruton, Heather Humphreys, Senator Joe O’Reilly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Seán Conlan and . . . Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin! Photograph: Photobomb

At first glance, it looks like yet another PR picture for the Taoiseach and his jobs minister. Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton were in Monaghan yesterda(...)

Professor Bill Black speaking before the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, 5th February 2015

Ireland made “an insane decision” in providing the bank guarantee in 2008, a US expert on the industry has told the banking inquiry. Professor William(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

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