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In the midst of the ongoing housing crisis, many local authorities continue to implement a ‘locals-only’ rule which prevents people from building houses in rural areas.
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In July 2017, Ireland became one of only a handful of countries in the world to ban fracking - the controversial technique used to extract natural gas from areas rich in shale rock.
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CATCHING FIRE: Are our publicly-owned residential buildings properly equipped to stop fire tragedies?
Experts have voiced concerns about the lack of certain Irish fire regulations as well as enforcement of those already in existence following the Grenfell Tower fire in London which caused the deaths of 72 people in June 2017.
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DEAD END: Will Galway’s long promised ring road make a significant difference to traffic congestion in the city?
It was 1999 when a bypass was first proposed for the city of Galway. Since then, traffic congestion has grown ever worse and long delays have become a feature of daily life for those who live and work there. For a relatively compact city, congestion is far worse than might be expected, not least because public transport options are so limited.
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WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: How much did a controversial road scheme in Kilkenny City actually cost and has it delivered what it was supposed to?
It was one of the most controversial road developments of recent years in Ireland, a plan to build a new bridge across the River Nore in Kilkenny.
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THE CONSTRUCTION NETWORK: Connecting the dots between the government and lobbyists for developers and the construction industry
There are nearly 1,900 lobbyists registered in Ireland, all seeking to influence government policy in one way or another.
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SHORT-TERM LET, LONG-TERM PAIN: Why do councils struggle to put a stop to properties being used exclusively on sites like Airbnb?
Property owners can pull in hundreds of euro per night renting out homes as round-the-year accommodation on platforms like Airbnb and hotel booking sites, making similar amounts in a week to what they could otherwise expect to receive in a month or more from a long-term tenant.
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NOT SO FAST: Strategic Housing Development speeds up planning process for developers but is it helping increase the supply of accommodation?
In June 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced a new system of fast-track planning for housing developments.
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SINK OR SWIM: How could an historic sea baths get renovated yet remain closed to swimmers for six months each year?
It cost €2.4 million to refurbish with local residents hoping that their long-closed sea water swimming baths would finally re-open to the public.
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