Dublin News

Dublin seeks to protect Hungry Tree

City councillors request preservation order for Dublin landmark. Dublin city councillors have called for the protection of the so-called Hungry Tree, a London Plane which over the decades has gradual...
Oxford News

Oxford's Westgate Centre nears completion

Westgate Shopping Centre will include rooftop garden. The curved Bonn Square façade at the new-look Westgate Shopping Centre is nearing completion as part of a £440 million revamp of the Queen Stre...
Dublin News

New rules for Dublin buskers

Dublin buskers restricted from using amplifiers and pre-recorded music. Dublin City Council has introduced new bylaws banning the capital's buskers from playing backing tracks and pre-recorded musi...
Madrid News

Madrid gets tough with litterbugs

Madrid dog owners face hefty fines for not cleaning up after their pets. Dog owners who fail to pick up their pets' droppings on the streets of Madrid face tough new penalties including fines betwe...
Brussels News

Docks Bruxsel to open in one year

Countdown for largest Brussels retail site in nearly 40 years. The inauguration of the enormous retail site Docks Bruxsel, currently under construction, has been scheduled for 20 October 2016. L...
Amsterdam News

Amsterdam tackles attacks on public transport

Spitting at Amersterdam's drivers and inspectors on the increase. Security workers on Amsterdam's trams and buses have been issued with special kits to collect DNA from anti-social passengers who s...
Dublin News

Dublin's Poolbeg chimneys get a reprieve

Well-known landmark was at risk of potential demolition The Poolbeg chimneys in Dublin's southside inner suburb of Ringsend have been granted a reprieve after Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ES...
Dublin News

Bewley’s closes for refurbishment

Grafton Street institution will reopen on ground floor only Bewley’s cafè on Grafton Street has closed until the autumn while it undergoes a €1 million-renovation, to rejuvenate...
Dublin News

New rules for Dublin buskers

Permits and stricter regulations for street performances in Dublin Dublin City Council has approved the publication of draft bylaws that will regulate street performances in the capital for the fi...
Dublin News

Dublin launches interactive website

First website of its kind in Ireland Dublin has launched a new interactive website comprising real-time and collated data relating to the capital city. The Dublin Dashboard website incorporates...
Berlin News

Berliners to be consulted on Tempelhof plans

Projects for old airield to go online Berlin residents will now be able to have their say about development around Tempelhof, Berlin's one-time airport. The original plans were voted out by a re...
Vienna News

Walking around Vienna

Ahead of next year's international conference on pedestrian traffic, Walk 21, to be held in Vienna in October 2015 the city has installed it first map (or so-called information pillar) to promote wal...
Vienna News

Vienna drinking fountains

Vienna has once again installed large mobile drinking fountains throughout the city. They are connected to the Spring Water Main, which dates back to 1873 and still provides about 40 per cent of th...
Dublin News

Dublin's Molly Malone gets a makeover

Famous Dublin statue restored before return to streets The statue of legendary Dublin fishmonger Molly Malone will soon return to the streets following a two-month restoration programme costing an...
Oxford News

Oxford wins best council award

Oxford city council has won the 2014 best achieving local council award in the UK. The award is given for high performance in all sectors of local government; social services, housing, economic dev...
Madrid News

Plaza de Margaret Thatcher

After a certain amount of controversy an area between Calle Goya, Calle Zurgena and Passeo Castellana, close to Plaza Colon in the Salamanca area of the centre city, is now called Plaza de Margaret Th...
Amsterdam News

Rubbish strike in Amsterdam

Garbage collectors are on strike for three days in Amsterdam, starting 16 June, to support a request for a pay increase of 2.5 per cent backdated to 2013 and 3 per cent in 2014. There will be no house...
Paris News

Paris garbage strike to spread

The protest by rubbish collectors in Paris, which started on 12 May at the Eiffel Tower, is the start of a nation-wide protest by municipal refuse disposal workers. The General Confederation of Lab...
Dublin News

Former Anglo Irish Bank HQ becomes Starbucks

Well known Dublin building welcomes US coffee chain The former headquarters of the failed Anglo Irish Bank on St Stephen’s Green in central Dublin is being turned into a Starbucks coffee outl...
Brussels News

Central Brussels to get makeover

Brussels has approved a scheme to upgrade historic squares and avenues in the city centre. The main areas of the project are around the Grand-Place, the UNESCO zone and Place Sainte-Catherine and Vism...