High Island is home to a monastic settlement and an intact stone beehive hut.

THE BEEHIVE HUT Long before cities, towns and villages there were monastic settlements with dwellings built from slivers of stone assembled in a way(...)

So far, only the Green Party has insisted that the Government must not deviate from plans to restrict one-off rural housing under the national planning framework. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Just over 30 years ago, I wrote about the rampant suburbanisation of Ireland’s countryside by “one-off” houses in a three-part series we called Bungal(...)

LEINSTER - Bleach Road by Boyd Cody Architects. Photograph: Marie Louise Halpenny

Yesterday evening Ireland’s leading architects, and many of their happy clients, gathered at Dublin’s Mansion House for the 28th RIAI annual awards. T(...)

An architectural drawing on display in the House and Home exhibition

As the debate over the housing crisis carries over into another year – conducted chiefly at the level of a political blame game – the Irish Architectu(...)

Mimetic House, Leitrim designed by architect Dominic Stevens. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Among the heated debates we’re noted for frequently resurrecting in this country, one that shows signs of emerging again into a full- on argument is (...)

‘They have even suggested that there should be a “Minister’s list” for “practically trained architects, whereby they could be facilitated to continue in their work, subject to defined criteria” – in other words, covering people who have no professional qualifications.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants to make it even easier for people to build houses in the countryside by loosening the current requiremen(...)

Jack Fitzsimons, who has died aged 84, was a colourful and outspoken politician, architect and writer.He was a Fianna Fáil senator, later bidding a bi(...)