Housing

More than 90% of homes for rent are beyond the reach of people dependent on state housing benefits.

Ruth Coppinger accuses Government of hoarding land and preventing house building

An opposition TD has accused the Government of hoarding land, preventing house building.

Action urged over Airbnb rentals to curb 'professional' landlords

The Government has been urged to impose new bans on properties which are rented out on Airbnb for more than 90 days a year in a bid to stop “professional” landlords from taking advantage of the system.

Watch: Residents facing eviction in Cork vow to fight vulture fund

Residents facing mass eviction from a city apartment block have vowed to defy their notices to quit.

Disused Kerry hospitals will not be redeveloped for housing

Two disused landmark hospital buildings in Co Kerry will not be redeveloped for the housing market.

Housing policy warning over future of towns in Cork

Cork County Council officials have been told they must change their housing policy or they will kill off communities in north-west Cork, an area known as Western Duhallow.

Criteria for affordable housing being finalised

The Housing Minister is to announce criteria for those hoping to buy affordable houses in the coming weeks.

Funding cuts for inspections on rented accommodation 'a serious health and safety issue'

Serious health and safety concerns have been raised over poor regulation of the private rental sector.

This is how housing crisis is solved, says Taoiseach launching foundation stone for 84 homes

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the housing crisis will only be solved bit-by-bit.

Demand for housing ‘to get worse before it gets better’

Demand for housing will get even worse before it gets better the Housing Minister has admitted.

Perfect storm building for housing crisis

The deepening housing crisis could be heading for a perfect storm, with one new report showing record high rents and plummeting stock, and another report projecting a 20% rise in house prices in the next three years.

Resolving the housing crisis - Our faith in convention has failed

AT the dawning, unfolding stages of a scandal, it is usual to suggest that the majority of those in an organisation facing earth-shattering allegations are innocent and that only a tiny minority of their colleagues are wrongdoers. 

Rate cut ‘mortgage war’ in lending sector

An “ongoing mortgage war” is firmly under way as Ulster Bank became the fifth lender in recent weeks to cut its mortgage rates, a financial comparison expert has said.

'Nightmare to Let': Firefighters call for compulsory fire assessments and increased inspection resources

Latest:  SIPTU firefighters have renewed their demand for fire assessments in all properties following the extent of the risks in some buildings being highlighted once again in a documentary broadcast on RTE last night.

Government commitment to social housing criticised

The Government is being criticised for not doing enough in the area of social housing in this year's Budget.

'We need to bring back an affordability scheme like we had in the past' - Housing Minister

The Housing Minister says there will be an affordable housing scheme, even though it was not announced in the budget.

Latest: People refusing social housing not to blame for crisis, says Dublin Councillor

LATEST: A City Councillor says reports that people are rejecting social housing are a distraction from the real problem.

Minister defends Government's response to housing crisis

Minister Eoghan Murphy has today defended the Government's efforts to tackle the housing crisis.

Taoiseach defends objection to housing development in his constituency

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has today defended his objections to a housing development in his own constituency.

Cork City seeing four new applicants join housing list for every house allocated

New figures show that for every house Cork City Council allocated over the summer more than four new applicants joined the housing list, reports Jess Casey.

Available properties down 9% on last year

The stock of properties available for sale in has fallen significantly since last year, according to estate agents Sherry FitzGerald.

Housing charity calls on Government to use compulsory purchase orders to to force sale of empty homes

Housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has today welcomed news that the Attorney General has informed the Government that there is no impediment to using compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to force the sale of empty homes.

Labour Senator criticises plan to offer families accommodation in rural areas

Housing will be a key focus at this year's Labour Party Away Day, which begins today.

Local Authorities reject almost 90% of vacant homes offered

Almost 90% of vacant houses and apartments offered to local authorities have been rejected.

Leo Varadkar says homeless testimonies in the media are 'not often the full story'

Leo Varadkar says he is affected by the personal stories of those being made homeless, but the stories in the media don't always portray 'the full story'.

Reports of developers asking €500k for apartments for social housing

A Labour spokesperson has said that the high prices being quoted by developers for building social housing in Dalkey show the need to cap the price of building land.

Vacant home tax 'probably not a game-changer' for housing crisis, says Taoiseach

The Taoiseach has said a vacant home tax is being considered but has warned there is no "quick-fix solution" to the homeless crisis

Fianna Fáil tax-incentive plan for house building criticised

Some experts have criticised Fianna Fáil's plans to give developers tax breaks, saying it would not solve the housing crisis.

Government told: Build 90,000 social homes or admit failure

More than 90,000 social homes and apartments need to be built in the next five years or the Government will have to admit failure on the housing and homelessness crisis, campaigners have claimed.

300% more properties available on Airbnb than Daft.ie in Dublin

There are 300% more properties for rent on Airbnb in Dublin than there are to rent on Daft.ie.

LATEST: Landlords suspicious of plan to penalise those with vacant properties

LATEST: Proposals by the Housing Minister to penalise those who have vacant homes have been met with suspicion by landlords.

Private developers must ’stop holding our cities hostage’: Sinn Fein

Private developers must ’stop holding our cities hostage’ and start building affordable homes on land that has been zoned for housing.

More modular homes approved for Dublin

Seventy more modular homes have been approved for Dublin.

Threshold warns bedsits are not the solution to housing crisis

A leading housing charity has warned that re-introducing bedsits is not the solution to the housing crisis.

Credit Unions could fund thousands of extra homes: Sinn Fein

The government should allow Credit Unions to make available the hundreds of millions of euros they have available for the provision of social and affordable housing, according to Sinn Fein.

'Friendly vulture fund' strategy plans to save homes at risk of repossession

A plan to save homes at risk of repossession will be brought to the Government's Finance Committee tomorrow.

Warning that it could take four decades to provide housing to 20,000 people waiting in Dublin

There is a warning it could take four decades to clear the almost 20,000 people waiting for a house in Dublin city.