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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# towns

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# Let's Get Quizzical
QUIZ: Can you name the Irish town from above?
Is it Dunboyne or Dungarvan?
# Quiz
Quiz: What Irish town or village is this main street in?
How well do you know Ireland’s main streets?
# down down down
'Austerity cost lives': Drink driving convictions in Ireland fell MASSIVELY in the last 10 years
The yearly rate has fallen by nearly 9,000 in fact. And counties with a lot of road deaths are not necessarily those with the most convictions.
# Shaken
Struck again: Italy hit by three earthquakes in one hour
It further isolated some towns which were buried under snow for days.
# not so tidy towns
People trying to 'covertly evade bin charges' are making our towns and cities dirtier
A new survey says that, while most areas are generally clean, there is a “worrying slippage” in towns and cities.
# sligo and drogheda
'There will be people lying in doorways and parks this Christmas': Homelessness in regional towns
There has been a 100% increase in the number of people registered as homeless in Co Louth in the last two years.
# winter storms
'We couldn't go home for five months after the floods. We're in fear it could happen again'
Fianna Fáil are calling for a UK-style flood insurance scheme to be introduced here.
# migrant crisis
Woman gives birth on board migrant boat in the Mediterranean
The 25-year-old mother was making her way to Europe from Cameroon.
# fast and furious
Good news - super, incredibly fast broadband is on its way to 350 towns in Ireland
However, it will be predominantly rural towns and villages that get to use it first – with Dublin omitted entirely.
# Fallout
These ghostly photos show the buildings the Celtic Tiger abandoned
The changing face of Ireland’s landscape.
# as ghaeilge
How many Ballyduffs are there? What about Ballymurphys?
Placenames translator have added interactive maps to its website
# Wicklow
Over 30 syringes found in a boarded up council house
Sinn Fein Councillor John Brady said it is not an isolated incident and that boarded up houses are becoming drug dens in towns across the country.
# ibal litter league
Cavan is the cleanest town in Ireland - where does your town rank?
The results of the IBAL Anti-Litter League are out today – here are the results.
This unusual building is where one town council holds its meetings…
… and it’s above a McDonalds. What other strange, but beautiful buildings around the country house our government get-togethers?
Column: It's time to tackle decline in rural Ireland
Rural Ireland is experiencing a demise, with empty shop buildings, damaged roads and a lack of essential services. Action needs to be taken now or we could see whole parts of the country uninhabited, writes John Verling.
Column: Let’s address Ireland’s problems this year, as well as our own
Our towns and cities are hamstrung by budget cuts – but a new initiative could help find solutions and save money, writes Barry Flinn.
Column: The ‘night economy’ is crucial to the survival of Irish towns
Pubs and restaurants need proper support – and safe streets – if town centres are to thrive, writes Richard Guiney.
# Flying the flag
Purple marks the safe spot: Senator calls for introduction of flag system
Modelled on a UK system, Ivana Bacik believes safety in town and city centres can be improved.
# Rubbish Watch
Litter Warden: how is your town doing?
Where does your town sit on the latest IBAL Anti-Litter League? Find out here.
# built dublin
The hidden gems of Dublin architecture
Photographer and architecture graduate Lisa Cassidy spots the “beautiful, interesting, important or strange” in Dublin’s buildings and public spaces.