Planning laws to be rushed through Dáil ‘to help address housing crisis’

Planning laws to be rushed through Dáil ‘to help address housing crisis’

The Government is planning to rush through planning legislation in order to amend the structure of An Bord Pleanála and to impose emergency social housing rules with a minimum of legislative scrutiny next week.Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien on Tuesday evening wrote to the leader of the Seanad Regina Doherty to request its “cooperation” in

A rich tradition: UCC marks 100 years of Irish music at the college

A rich tradition: UCC marks 100 years of Irish music at the college

A century after the appointment of its first professor of Irish traditional music, the subject is accorded parity of esteem at University College Cork, where its status is now “on an equal footing with any other music”. That is according to uilleann piper Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, lecturer at the university’s Department of Music, where as a student

New-look Brazil find another way to get the job done

New-look Brazil find another way to get the job done

Maybe they don’t need anyone to replace him? Maybe the greatest strength, and greatest danger for the rest of those hoping to win this thing, is that Tite’s newest version of Brazil can beat you in myriad ways.The Seleção rustled themselves from a stodgy 70-odd minutes of frustration and Swiss stubbornness to make a little

Kenmare wastewater treatment plant delay blamed on An Bord Pleanála backlog

Kenmare wastewater treatment plant delay blamed on An Bord Pleanála backlog

A further delay to the long-awaited upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant for Kenmare has prompted calls for time limits to be imposed on how long it takes An Bord Pleanála to decide on a case.Last upgraded in the 1990s by Kerry County Council, the Kenmare treatment plant is now so overwhelmed during the summer

Q&A: How will the new Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles and cans work?

Q&A: How will the new Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles and cans work?

What is the new Deposit Return Scheme? The country’s new Deposit Return Scheme, operated by non-profit organisation Return.ie, is being brought in to encourage greater recycling of plastic bottles and cans. When the scheme launches, you will pay a small deposit on top of the price of certain drinks. When you return the empty, undamaged

Sinn Féin’s popularity drops as impact of Hutch trial hits support

Sinn Féin’s popularity drops as impact of Hutch trial hits support

Sinn Féin’s popular support has fallen to its lowest level in over a year to 31%, while Fine Gael has been given a boost ahead of re-taking the Taoiseach’s office, according to a new national opinion poll.Sinn Féin led by its President Mary Lou McDonald has seen its support surge upward consistently since the 2020

100 Irish gifts for €50 and under, including 40 for €25 or less

100 Irish gifts for €50 and under, including 40 for €25 or less

Crystal & CoPerfect for jewellery lovers, this simply-styled 18ct gold plated over brass bracelet comes beautifully packaged in a Crystals and Co monogram box.crystalsandco.com Robin print from Fabricate Ireland, €50  Fabricate IrelandA festive favourite, this robin is printed on Kona cotton sateen fabric and printed in Ireland. Textile artist and lampshade maker Karen Cunneen-Bilbow’s work

Polish man claimed discrimination over having to take PCR tests at Dublin Airport

Polish man claimed discrimination over having to take PCR tests at Dublin Airport

A Polish national living in Ireland has lost a claim that he was discriminated against by the Department of Health over the requirement to take a Covid-19 test every time he passed through Dublin Airport during the pandemic.The Workplace Relations Commission ruled that the claimant, Tomasz Pysz, has failed to establish a prima facie breach

Witnesses sought to Cork city crash which sees three hospitalised

Witnesses sought to Cork city crash which sees three hospitalised

Gardaí in Cork have appealed for witnesses to a crash on the northside of the city which saw three people hospitalised, one with serious injuries.The crash between two cars happened in Fairhill at approximately 11pm last night.The driver of one of the cars, a man in his late teens, suffered serious injuries. He was brought