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A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some towns are beating out-of-town shopping centres thanks to a system of ‘health checks’, a conference will be told today. The annual conference of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks at a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory  in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2017.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Nothing illustrates the absurd and tortured way we do electoral reform in this country like Enda Kenny’s purported announcement last weekend that emig(...)

The chief executive of the Government’s Housing Agency, John O’Connor,  said some of the 198,000 homes listed by the CSO as vacant could be between tenancies or under renovation. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Owners of empty commercial buildings will be able to convert their properties into apartments without seeking planning permission under new regulation(...)

Enda Kenny at the  All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: sources close to him believe he will stand down. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney left the Dáil chamber for a private meeting on Wednesday night as a debate on the Government’s confidence motion contin(...)

The Republic has just over 2 million dwelling units for a population of 4.75 million, translating to exactly one unit for every 2.35 people. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of vacant homes in Ireland is at twice the level of a normal functioning marketplace, a conference heard on Tuesday. Today, the country ha(...)

Private finance houses will be able to bulk-buy the mortgages of struggling families and lease the properties back to the State, under a new plan to b(...)

 Severe  cracking  cause by pyrite: Only the worst affected homeowners can qualify for the Government’s remediation scheme, according to the Pyrite Equality Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

Campaign group has expressed a lack of confidence in the Government’s scheme to help property owners whose homes have been affected by pyrite. Pyri(...)

Hector Ó hEochagáin launches  Healthy Town 2016 in Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co Meath last September. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A project aimed at raising awareness of health and wellbeing has led to an increase in people taking exercise and eating a healthy diet, a new survey(...)

An example of Fuchsite, a silicate-type rock containing mica. File photograph: Getty Images

The Health Service Executive says there is no evidence that a mineral blamed for defects in hundreds of houses in three counties also has ill-effects (...)

Gerry Adams, who this year said: “My teddy bears are virgins.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician of the Year: Is there one? It was a very disjointed time on the political front. For the best part of the first six months, sitting TDs a(...)

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