Herbert Simms, who was appointed by Dublin Corporation of the city’s first housing architect,  is probably best known for the development of the city’s corporation flats, such as Chancery Place near the Four Courts. Photograph: G&T Crampton Archive

Few argue against the State having a role in the provision of social housing for those who do not have the means to house themselves. But how deeply (...)

Mercer House flats in Dublin: architects seek their preservation while residents live with the flaws.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recently, the self-described “Ronaldo of the property market” Greg Kavanagh sought permission to build a block of apartments at the foot of the Dublin(...)

Herbert Simms built 17,000 homes in Dublin in his tenure as housing architect from 1932 to 1948.

A local government committee tasked with investigating the living conditions of Dublin’s lowest income families found private rented homes which were (...)