Sod that: Deputy mayor of Fingal Robert O’Donoghue, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien and mayor of Fingal David Healy at the sod-turning on a new social and affordable housing scheme at Dun Emer, Lusk, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

In a surprise development on Friday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was handed a shovel but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to dig hims(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the examination system originated in imperial China ‘as a way of selecting people largely from elites’ and perpetuating elites. File photograph: The Irish Times

Leaving Certificate students should not be penalised if another person canvasses a teacher in the accredited grades process without their knowledge, t(...)

Israeli ambassador Ophir Kariv:  said it was “very surprising and very disappointing” that “totally destructive” attacks on Israel were coming out of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Israel’s ambassador to Ireland has accused some Irish politicians of spewing “hate” towards the Jewish state, in a heated row over the latest flare-up(...)

Former Debenhams staff rally outside the store on Henry Street in Dublin: New Bill aims to ‘change the law to place workers in the very front of the queue when it comes to making payments from liquidators’ pots’, says  Mick Barry. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is an urgent need to reform legislation on liquidations to protect workers from a “retail massacre” in the autumn when state supports are withdr(...)

The commission is investigating 38 transactions at the bank where the loss was €10 million or more, but has been working on the one transaction since it began. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The commission of investigation into the former Anglo Irish Bank established six years ago has cost almost €10 million to date, half of which has been(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said cuckoo funds have been ‘betting on this Government’ to the tune of €53 million every week this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

People would be out on the streets protesting against Government housing policy “if there wasn’t a pandemic”, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy has(...)

The Ministers for Finance and Housing are developing proposals for a solution to investment funds buying up housing estates, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government intends to ensure the focus for investment funds is on financing the construction of developments and “not to swoop in” and buy housing(...)

“How are ordinary house buyers who scrimp and save for a mortgage supposed to compete with this?” File photograph: iStock

The Taoiseach was right to look concerned. It’s a total sickener. A new strain has emerged. “There is something new in what happened over the weeke(...)

Dún Laoghaire harbour, looking towards the seafront. Photograph: iStock

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to plans by developer Noel Smyth to construct a 13-storey apartment building overlooking Dún Laoghaire harb(...)

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(...)

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