While local authorities do not have to bear the same risk premium in securing construction finance, the contrast in prices between publicly developed housing and privately developed housing raises serious questions about the Government’s housing strategy. Photograph: Frank Miller

Not for the first time, the State seems to be shooting itself in the foot on housing. Local authorities are paying over the odds for so-called turnkey(...)

Located on the east coast of England, Sizewell C is to contain two reactor units generating 3,340MW of power, enough for about six million homes. Stock image: iStock

The Government has said it is satisfied a proposed €22.5 billion nuclear power plant in the UK does not pose a threat to Ireland. The Irish public h(...)

We’ve gone sale agreed on a property. Should we be able to keep the deposit so the buyers fully commit? Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

We are in the process of selling our house in south county Dublin – for the last eight months. A previous buyer pulled the plug four days before signi(...)

The State faces fines of €15,000 a day to the EU as ESB did not complete an environmental impact assessment for Derrybrien when it sought planning permission for the wind farm. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taxpayers must fund €15,000 a day in fines to the EU while State company ESB proceeds with a planning application that may no longer be legally valid,(...)

Retrofitting is to get a  major boost under the forthcoming  stimulus plan, with Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan preparing proposals for an 'ambitious and rapid scale-up'

“Does anyone feel a draught?” If you grew up in the average Irish house you probably did. Flannel pyjamas and cold floors were as Irish as the immersi(...)

The Shannon pipeline will abstract water from the lower River Shannon at the Parteen Basin in Co Tipperary, with water treatment at the nearby village of Birdhill.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The cost of a major pipeline project aimed at increasing water supply to the Greater Dublin Area is “likely to exceed” the estimated €1.3 billion cite(...)

Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for persistent failure to designate special areas of conservation (SACs). It h(...)

The European Commission said last week that 154 sites (out of 423) had not yet been designated as special areas of conservation in the ‘Atlantic biogeographical’ region in Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has said he is determined to address a persistent failure by Ireland to protect habitats under the Europ(...)

Green Party members Malcolm Noonan,  Eamon Ryan and Roderick O’Gorman  at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s decision to move responsibility for nature and biodiversity to the Department of Housing has been strongly objected to by a broad ran(...)

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

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