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Some DIT staff have objected to the use of Shell money at a recent staff meeting. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

An innovative new art degree, to be part-funded by Shell, is causing controversy among staff at two third-level colleges. The proposed new visual art (...)

Firefighters Mark O’Shaughnessy (left) and Brian Murray: they died in a fire at a disused building in Bray in 2007.  Photograph: Niall Carson

Sparks from the welding of a door on a derelict building caused the fire that led to the deaths of two Wicklow firefighters, a trial has heard.Brian M(...)

Katie Fortune’s Chalet-style home, The Wilderness”, in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photographs: Garry O’Neill

Katie Fortune stripped her land back bit by bit. She cut through the undergrowth with shears at first and then with a friend’s chainsaw. Eventua(...)

Katie Fortune, of Carrigeenshinnagh, Lough Dan, Roundwood, Co Wicklow, leaving court on Thursday after the High Court hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

A High Court judge has overturned an order for demolition of a family home erected without planning permission near Lough Dan in Co Wicklow. Katie For(...)

The Dublin water supply system has operated below demand levels on a number of occasions in recent weeks as engineers battle an algal bloom problem at Roundwood, in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Continuing problems with the Dublin regional water supply system have resulted in some homes being temporarily “uninhabitab(...)

TIM O’BRIEN Ongoing problems with the Dublin regional water supply system have resulted in some homes being temporarily “uninhabitable” w(...)

Apartments at The Laurels, Dundrum, have been vacant since last summer

Property consultants Savills have secured just over €7 million for 80 apartments in Dundrum, Dublin 14, which have been vacant since last summe(...)

Four Courts: Horse breeder Renata Coleman has won an appeal to the court

A horse breeder has won an appeal to the High Court against an order requiring her to remove a timber chalet used to provide facilities for wor(...)

Gunnera: the gargantuan Chilean rhubarb-that-isn’t. Illustration: Michael Viney

Spring doesn’t work without rain. After 17 days without a drop – such magical mornings! – a first millimetre in the rain gauge offered hope to (...)

Development levies are imposed by local authorities as a condition of planning permission for the cost of providing special services, such as a new roads or relocation of pipes.

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY Property developers owe city and county councils more than €750 million in unpaid levies associated with planning perm(...)

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