Performance highlights depopulation of Gaeltacht areas – Donegal News

A KERRY musician led an outdoor performance on Magheraclogher Beach in Bunbeg on Monday night to draw attention to the depopulation of Gaeltacht areas and the planning laws causing it.Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich from the Dingle Peninsula has personal experience of planning difficulties having battled for 15 years to build a modest house on his own

Ben Lowry: The last Northern Ireland housing boom was disaster, and we need to beware a repeat of it – Belfast News Letter

House prices in NI soared in 2006 and 2007 before plunging. Ben Lowry says: “As prices fell, I wrote a lot about it and was accused of being negative. I feel that, on the contrary, politicians and civic leaders had failed to speak out about the boom” Since then they have slowly risen by 50%.

The women who laundered cash for the Kinahan crime gang –

Money is the bedrock of organised crime. It’s the reason criminals get involved in serious crime involving guns, drugs and murder. Money laundering facilitates organised crime. It is, therefore, in the words of the head of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, “definitely not a victimless crime”. Criminal gangs

Ageing Ireland: ‘I don’t want to go to a residential home… The idea abhors me’ – The Irish Times

The glaring inadequacies in our services for older people coupled with a rapidly ageing population is a key challenge for society Annie Curbelo Lang recently rented a house in Boyle, Co Roscommon, after spending most of the pandemic staying with a friend. At 69 she still works in a job organising work placements for third-level students and

‘The trauma absolutely does affect you’: Irish in Beirut recall the port explosion – The Irish Times

On August 4th, 2020, a fire broke out in a warehouse in Beirut port, where 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been negligently stored since 2014. The volatile compound, which is used as a fertiliser as well as in explosives, was stored alongside 15,000kg of fireworks, fuse wire and containers of oil, kerosene and hydrochloric

'Now you can bring your child to a hotel, but not to a play centre' –

Children’s indoor play centres across the country are still closed, and with no reopening date in sight the sector is in crisis, according to industry association Play Activity Leisure Ireland (Pali). Our industry is in crisis, landlords are closing in on us, we cannot reopen, and we’re warehousing debt,” said Tommy Gill, CEO of Pali,

Number of homeless people in Ireland rises above 8,000 – The Irish Times

The number of people homeless in the State has risen above 8,000 again, according to latest figures from the Department of Housing, although the total has decreased slightly on a year-by-year comparison. Data from the Department of Housing shows there were 8,014 people accessing emergency accommodation in June 2021, representing an increase of 23 on

Europe debates controversial rent control policies – RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News – RealtyBizNews

Rent controls in some European countries have become extremely popular, but while they benefit tenants by ensuring they can pay their rents, some argue they only exacerbate problems that led to unaffordable rents in the first place. Through rent controls, governments aim to keep a lid on rapid increases in housing rents. The idea behind

Proposed change to Fair Deal scheme – The Irish Times

Sir, – We note with interest the recent article relating to consideration by Government to amend the Fair Deal scheme under Housing for All proposals (“Rental income expected to be exempt from assessment for care contributions”, News, July 28th). While it is likely that such an amendment might lead to some additional availability of homes

Big bills for third-level education in Ireland are the new normal – The Times

Leaving Cert students waiting on results and CAO offers still have a few more weeks of uncertainty ahead but they can be fairly sure of one thing: the next three or four years will not come cheap if they have their sights set on third-level education. The free fees initiative sounds like a great deal