Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: when she  stands up to make her televised speech  she does so safe in the knowledge that all ranks of the party are united around her. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s party faithful gather at the Helix on Saturday in Dublin City University, surrounded by banners hanging overhead that will declare that it(...)

The Construction Industry Federation this year alone has made 61 representations to Government. Photograph: iStock

The property industry and its army of lobbyists do a great job of bending the Government’s ear. Whether it’s the planning code, apartment standards, o(...)

The High Court had been asked to determine whether the Oireachtas intended the meaning of ‘charitable purposes’ to include the ‘advancement of religion’.

An evangelical Christian charity helping alleviate poverty in developing countries must pay its annual €4,000 rates bill in Dublin, the High Court has(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  arrive at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The new zoned land tax, designed to encourage the construction of housing, will not be introduced for at least two years, according to Minister for Fi(...)

The endangered Atlantic puffin to benefit from protection of vast area of the north-east Atlantic Ocean following meeting of parties to the Ospar Convention. Photograph: iStock

A vast area of the Atlantic Ocean is to be designated in an international effort to protect 5 million seabirds across 22 different species, five of wh(...)

 Just one helicopter rescue base has been approved for using night vision technology despite the government spending €4.305m on modifications to the four existing Coast Guard helicopters and a new helicopter. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s spending watchdog has criticised spending of €6.5 million on night vision technology for Coast Guard helicopters dating back eight years t(...)

The Naas Road is the “obvious place to grow the city. The alternative is we end up with a Los Angelino Dublin which is spread out over 75-mile radius into the countryside.”  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Car showrooms and warehouses will have to make way for homes on 700 hectares of west Dublin industrial lands in what will be the largest regeneration (...)

The mortgage lending rules restrict buyers from borrowing more than 3.5 times their annual salary or, in the case of second-time buyers, from borrowing more than 80% of the value of the property. Photograph: Getty Images

The Central Bank will formally decide in November on whether the banks can participate in the Government’s proposed shared-equity housing scheme. In (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told gathering that ‘ultimately it’s not the Government that pays for this, it’s . . . the average working person.’

The issue of redress for mica-affected homeowners “dominated” the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting, with significant support for those campaignin(...)

 Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral Dr William Morton marks the completion of the building works at the cathedral. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Eight hundred years after it was built, Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral has been renovated with 14,000 new slates and new fire prevention systems. At(...)

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