Housing

Fr Peter McVerry has said the country is returning to famine times by evicting families and that the Government is not willing to “take on” vested interests to solve the housing crisis.

Room swap a novel solution to ease rental crisis

An Irish room swap startup offers a novel solution to student bed shortages, writes Ruth Doris

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.

Mixed reaction to Government housing proposals

Shared accommodation, family apartments in city centres, and more one-bed dwellings are among a raft of measures announced by the Government to increase urban living.

40,000 vacant residential units in Dublin City

There are 40,000 vacant residential units in Dublin city centre, according to a town planning expert.

Call for housing market ‘crisis’ to be addressed in budget

Significant Government intervention is needed to bring about stability in the housing market, according to Ireland’s largest estate agency.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy urged to help open stepdown facility

A rehab charity has called on Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to intervene to help open a stepdown facility which has been lying idle for a decade.

Refurbishment of vacant dwellings set to be accelerated

The Government is set to back Fianna Fáil proposals to speed up the refurbishment of vacant homes.

Murphy to unveil apartment building changes

Proposals to increase apartment block sizes, scrap the requirement for car park spaces in new units and to boost the building of affordable homes will be signalled by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy this week.

Local authorities built just 142 houses last year

Just 142 new houses were built by the country’s 31 local authorities last year amid a growing housing and homelessness crisis, according to new official figures.

Kerry Council’s social housing policy labelled ‘a bit like China’

Kerry County Council has been warned it needs to accommodate larger families as its policy of building two-or three-bedroom homes is restricting the family size of young couples to just one child, “a bit like China”.

Family homes up 11% in a year

The average price of a three bedroom semi-detached house has topped €221,000 — a 3.1% jump since June.

Co Cork homeowners spared property tax increase

Homeowners in Co Cork will not have to pay increased Local Property Tax (LPT) next year after the majority of councillors voted to maintain the status quo.

Taoiseach vows no sudden property tax rises

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised to work “might and main” to protect homeowners from increases in local property tax rates.

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.