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Martin McGuinness’s widow, Bernie; Gerry Adams; Michelle O’Neill; and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin ardfheis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Senior figures in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have insisted they would never enter any coalition with Sinn Féin, irrespective of their leader. Sinn Féi(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “All of our housebuilding targets and our social housing support targets are looking like we will exceed our numbers for this year, and we are more ambitious again for next year.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The homelessness crisis is likely to get worse before it gets better, the Minister for Housing has admitted. Eoghan Murphy has been strongly criticis(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is expected to seek Cabinet support not to oppose a private members motion from Sinn Féin seeking a National Car Test-style inspection system for rental properties. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Landlords would face significant financial penalties if found to be renting out substandard accommodation under new proposals to be considered by the (...)

Barry Cowen: “When the spin fades away, the fact will remain that there are no charges and Fianna Fáil fulfilled its commitment.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed to a last-minute deal on the future of water charges after Fianna Fáil made several substantial concessions. T(...)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney had insisted the 4% rate would not be altered  and received the backing of the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael parliamentary party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has agreed to slightly alter its rental strategy after reaching a compromise with Fianna Fáil. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and(...)

Barry Cowen, Fianna Fáil’s spokesman with responsibility for water charges, said it had not been “scientifically proven” charges were the best way of discouraging excessive use.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Different methods of encouraging water conservation apart from applying charges on customers need to be examined by the Oireachtas committee examining(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on housing Barry Cowen said the Fine Gael-Government has taken a laissez faire attitude to the housing crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on housing Barry Cowen said the party would reconsider its support for a Fine Gael-minority Government if gaps in housing repo(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney told the Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee: “We cannot have a situation where some communities block social housing in their area because they don’t want it.” File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has committed to accelerating a “huge” programme of social housing, with the new homes to be built alongside private houses, even if th(...)

The total cost of the water conservation grant has been over €94 million, the Department of Social Protection has said.

The total cost of the water conservation grant has been over €94 million, the Department of Social Protection has said. Figures released to Fianna Fa(...)

Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd said the consumer was “at the heart” of the legislation drawn up to create Irish Water. Photograph: Eric Luke

All decisions taken by Irish Water, including those around its establishment, should come under the Freedom of Information Act, according to Minist(...)

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