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The SHD scheme has been criticised for cutting local councils out of the planning approval process and is set to end next February. File photograph: Bloomberg

A Minister of State has suggested privately that the Government may replace a controversial fast-track planning system for large housing developments (...)

Taking the seabed into account, “Ireland is one of the largest countries in the EU, and our coastline of 7,500km is longer than that of many of our European counterparts”. Photograph: Getty Images

A Minister has insisted there has been a “robust” process over four years to consider the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) after trenchant op(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said that of the 12,500 social houses, 9,500 would be new-builds with 2,450 acquired through lease, with a small number of acquisitions. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has said it is too early to say if the extended Covid-19 restrictions between January and mid-April would have an(...)

Government pandemic curbs on construction are likely to cut the number of houses built in the Republic this year to 16,000. Photograph: Getty Images

Work on 4,400 new homes can start with no extra red tape next month after the Government waived the need for builders to submit new commencement notic(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he has insisted he has not broken the law.  Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography

The Taoiseach and the Green Party have both said they have confidence in Leo Varadkar in the wake of Sinn Féin’s call for him to resign amid renewed c(...)

These women appear to have been subject to an Upstairs, Downstairs regime in Leinster House, left without basic facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leinster House is a big old building, and big old buildings are a devil to keep clean. The cleaners – almost all women – are on the go from the crack(...)

Ilegal dumping at the Sally Gap, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’ Neill

Local authorities across the State could be spending an average of €90 million a year on clean-ups of illegal dumping, the Seanad heard as legislation(...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae declared 16 letting properties  in a Dáil register of members’ interests. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One-quarter of TDs are property investors or landowners, the latest register of Dáil members’ interests shows, a drop from the previous Dáil, in which(...)

Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for councillors will be implemented within the Coalition’s first year in office.  File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Fine Gael Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke has pledged that the €8,000 pay increase recommended for the State’s 947 councillors will(...)

The Government aims to have the first election for mayor of Limerick by the end of the year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The future directly elected mayor of Limerick will be in line for annual pay of almost €135,000 under Government plans for the office. An election f(...)

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