The Mercer Street flats in Dublin, designed by Herbert Simms: “It is a lovely building . . . but the place is in bits,” said Independent councillor Sonya Stapleton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin flat tenants are living in “appalling, filthy dirty, manky conditions” in “beautiful architectural buildings” that happen to be protected struc(...)

Protesters marching in Dublin to demand that the Government declare a national housing emergency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

About 1,000 people marched in Dublin on Saturday to demand that a national housing emergency be declared by the Government. If an emergency was decl(...)

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn:  in favour of street performances. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin City Council is to hold an eight-week public consultation on the regulation of busking in the city, to be completed early next year. Council(...)

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges.There was traffic disr(...)

 People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: the party made significant breakthroughs in urban centres. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

There has always been a strong tradition of independent representation in Irish politics at all levels but it has been ignored a little in the past be(...)

Brid Smith of the People Before Profit Alliance, canvassing in Dublin this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Candidates running for the People Before Profit alliance in Friday’s local elections have said they will help build “ a movement of mass civil disobed(...)