Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Water quality should be monitored year-round at beaches where increasing numbers of people are regularly swimming outside the summer season, the Envir(...)

Minister for Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman: ‘I am very conscious that we can’t allow certain groups that might want to portray this as some sort of promotion of one category of person seeking housing against another.’ File photograph: Keith Arkins Media

Asylum seekers provided with own-door accommodation in the community will not be taking housing that could go to households waiting many years for soc(...)

The Goodbody report showed Dublin was the worst hit, with residential completions down 39 per cent year on year in the first quarter.

The impact of lockdown on housing output has been less than expected, according to Goodbody Stockbrokers. Using building energy rating (BER) data, th(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  “Our public debt is approaching a quarter of a trillion euros.” Photograph: Julien Behal

The Cabinet will be warned today that current levels of public spending are unsustainable at Ireland’s existing tax base. However, fearing a politic(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: Kantar research suggests there is  merit in concerns around his lack of mentions in his department’s Twitter account in January.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney

The Department of Health’s Twitter feed had the lowest number of mentions of its Minister in its timeline, according to an independent analysis of twe(...)

Moneypoint power plant in Co Clare. File photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The ESB is to announce on Friday that Moneypoint power station is to become a major base for renewable energy, in a plan that sees the building of a m(...)

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(...)

A shared equity scheme, which involves the State paying for up to 30% of the cost of new houses in return for a stake, is intended to drive home ownership. Photograph: Getty Images

Shared equity schemes like the Government’s €75 million home-ownership programme risk driving up prices and worsening affordability issues, the ESRI w(...)

The latest EPA assessment of water from private supplies, which mainly arise in rural areas, confirms an unacceptable level of public health risk for many thousands of people. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

More than a fifth of the Irish population receive drinking water from private supplies, including 417 group water schemes, 1,778 small private supplie(...)

Fr Peter McVerry - the housing charity that bears his name raised €1.6 million through a Government cash-for-residency scheme. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Housing charity Peter McVerry Trust raised €1.6 million through a Government cash-for-residency scheme that has lured more than €820 million in total (...)

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