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#Darragh O'Brien

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'

May 12th 2022, 1:37 PM 23,773 Views 44 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

Review of certain An Bord Pleanála decisions 'needs to be done quickly' as deputy chair steps back temporarily
# An Bord Pleanála
# An Bord Pleanála

Review of certain An Bord Pleanála decisions 'needs to be done quickly' as deputy chair steps back temporarily

Updated May 10th 2022, 1:02 PM 14,427 Views 0 Comments

Paul Hyde, who has been in the role since 2019, has denied the allegations.

Housing minister tells local authorities to allow social housing tenants to take in Ukrainian refugees
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Housing minister tells local authorities to allow social housing tenants to take in Ukrainian refugees

May 10th 2022, 6:00 AM 27,244 Views 10 Comments

Darragh O’Brien has written to local authorities about the measure.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 5 May, 2022

Tax measures may need review to keep landlords from exiting the rental market, says minister
# Housing
# Housing

Tax measures may need review to keep landlords from exiting the rental market, says minister

May 5th 2022, 5:15 PM 29,072 Views 56 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien indicated that tax breaks may be needed to keep ‘mom-and-pop landlords’ from selling up.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 29 April, 2022

Housing Minister says rising homeless figure a 'serious concern'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Housing Minister says rising homeless figure a 'serious concern'

Apr 29th 2022, 4:43 PM 19,514 Views 58 Comments

Figures released by the Department of Housing show that in March 9,825 people were homeless.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees
# Housing
# Housing

Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees

Apr 26th 2022, 7:45 PM 34,850 Views 61 Comments

A total of 25,383 refugees have arrived in the country as of last night.

Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

Cabinet to discuss scrapping hospital charges for under 16s

Apr 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 8,363 Views 17 Comments

The Government plans to abolish charges for overnight stays as well as fees for day cases.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 13 April, 2022

Number of TDs set to increase by at least nine after next election
# Dáil
# Dáil

Number of TDs set to increase by at least nine after next election

Apr 13th 2022, 9:40 PM 21,787 Views 67 Comments

Cabinet today approved a proposal that would see the number of seats in the next Dáil increase to at least 169 and not more than 179.

Cabinet approves Fair Deal rule change in order to bring thousands of vacant houses back into use
# Housing
# Housing

Cabinet approves Fair Deal rule change in order to bring thousands of vacant houses back into use

Apr 13th 2022, 6:41 PM 20,281 Views 6 Comments

Nursing home residents will be able to keep 60% of rental income under changes to the scheme.

First purpose-built cost-rental homes costing €1,200 per month open in Stepaside
# Renting
# Renting

First purpose-built cost-rental homes costing €1,200 per month open in Stepaside

Apr 13th 2022, 5:56 PM 48,848 Views 54 Comments

18,000 cost-rental homes will be provided between now and 2030, said the housing minister.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 25 March, 2022

Charities raise concerns over inflation as over 9,000 people access emergency accomodation in February
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Charities raise concerns over inflation as over 9,000 people access emergency accomodation in February

Mar 25th 2022, 3:10 PM 7,013 Views 13 Comments

The Department of Housing released the latest figures this afternoon.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 25 February, 2022

No planning permission needed for conversion of vacant pubs into homes, says minister
# Housing
# Housing

No planning permission needed for conversion of vacant pubs into homes, says minister

Feb 25th 2022, 1:57 PM 22,161 Views 9 Comments

The government wants to bring greater awareness to planning exemptions that allows for pub conversions.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub
# Confrontation
# Confrontation

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub

Feb 22nd 2022, 3:21 PM 39,440 Views 16 Comments

The Irish Daily Mail reported that Watt, one of the country’s top civil servants confronted the housing minister in a crowded pub.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Controversial part of mica redress scheme may be dropped
# Mica Scheme
# Mica Scheme

Controversial part of mica redress scheme may be dropped

Feb 15th 2022, 7:27 AM 15,321 Views 23 Comments

Campaigners in Donegal had criticised the scheme for including a sliding scale for costs.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Taoiseach says housing crisis won't be solved in one year, but report shows progress being made
# Housing
# Housing

Taoiseach says housing crisis won't be solved in one year, but report shows progress being made

Jan 26th 2022, 5:00 PM 14,915 Views 53 Comments

Government has published the second quarterly update of the Housing for All plan.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

State has a role in 'de-risking' refurb of vacant homes for buyers, committee to be told
# Housing
# Housing

State has a role in 'de-risking' refurb of vacant homes for buyers, committee to be told

Jan 25th 2022, 6:00 AM 10,817 Views 2 Comments

Housing committee to be told the costs of dereliction and vacancy in our cities, towns and villages “are very high in societal terms”.

# darragh-obrien - Monday 24 January, 2022

Revised mortgage-to-rent scheme to help more people in arrears to stay in their homes
# Housing
# Housing

Revised mortgage-to-rent scheme to help more people in arrears to stay in their homes

Jan 24th 2022, 5:02 PM 12,926 Views 8 Comments

Homeowners will have an option to purchase their home back at the price the State paid for it.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 24 December, 2021

Guidelines for building one-off homes in rural Ireland to be published 'imminently'
# Country Living
# Country Living

Guidelines for building one-off homes in rural Ireland to be published 'imminently'

Dec 24th 2021, 3:20 PM 45,948 Views 61 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says the updated plan will be published in early January.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 16 December, 2021

'Drastic' NPHET recommendations not expected after today's meeting, says Minister
# Social Contacts
# Social Contacts

'Drastic' NPHET recommendations not expected after today's meeting, says Minister

Updated Dec 16th 2021, 12:51 PM 88,670 Views 59 Comments

NPHET is meeting today to discuss the roll out of more restrictions before Christmas.

'Don't despair': Housing Minister on his 'radical' plans to solve Ireland's housing issues
# Housing
# Housing

'Don't despair': Housing Minister on his 'radical' plans to solve Ireland's housing issues

Dec 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 33,282 Views 59 Comments
  • Grant schemes are under consideration for the buying and refurbishment of above shop units as well as vacant properties around the country, the housing minister tells Christina Finn.
  • New regulations have been signed that will increase first-time buyers income ceiling for the local authority home-loans to €65,000 for single people.
  • Minister says he's "frustrated with the pace" with the pace of progress in regulating short-term let platforms.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 9 December, 2021

Oireachtas passes legislation to cap rent increases at 2% per year
# Rent Cap
# Rent Cap

Oireachtas passes legislation to cap rent increases at 2% per year

Dec 9th 2021, 3:37 PM 12,798 Views 25 Comments

The legislation aims to cap rent in line inflation or 2% per annum, whichever is lower.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

New bill will cap rent increases at 2% in Rent Pressure Zones and bring in unlimited-term tenancies
# Rent Cap
# Rent Cap

New bill will cap rent increases at 2% in Rent Pressure Zones and bring in unlimited-term tenancies

Nov 16th 2021, 3:25 PM 18,828 Views 30 Comments

The new legislation also proposes to provide enhanced tenancy protection by making a ‘Part 4’ tenancy one of unlimited duration.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 12 November, 2021

Met Éireann office and Casino in Marino on new list for protected status
# Protected Structures
# Protected Structures

Met Éireann office and Casino in Marino on new list for protected status

Nov 12th 2021, 2:51 PM 15,228 Views 6 Comments

They include the Met Office in Glasnevin, the Casino in Marino and the baths in Clontarf.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 11 November, 2021

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government

Nov 11th 2021, 11:54 AM 29,328 Views 83 Comments

It is believed that a cap of approximately €400,000 per home will ultimately be agreed upon.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 10 November, 2021

Housing minister has had no discussions about cuckoo fund trade shows, says Dept
# Cuckoo Funds
# Cuckoo Funds

Housing minister has had no discussions about cuckoo fund trade shows, says Dept

Nov 10th 2021, 3:27 PM 9,863 Views 15 Comments

The Department of Finance has said the Housing for All plan states that it will engage with institutional investors, including through trade show events.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Housing minister set to bring rent cap legislation to Cabinet
# Rent Cap
# Rent Cap

Housing minister set to bring rent cap legislation to Cabinet

Nov 2nd 2021, 3:33 PM 10,566 Views 16 Comments

Darragh O’Brien said that the proposed legislation will be brought to a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 29 October, 2021

Jump in number of homeless is 'serious concern', says Housing Minister
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Jump in number of homeless is 'serious concern', says Housing Minister

Oct 29th 2021, 5:38 PM 16,242 Views 44 Comments

Latest figures showed there were 8,475 people who are homeless in September – the fourth consecutive month that the number has risen.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 21 October, 2021

Govt accused of making 'dog's dinner' of rental crisis, as new rent cap law not ready until November
# Rent Cap
# Rent Cap

Govt accused of making 'dog's dinner' of rental crisis, as new rent cap law not ready until November

Oct 21st 2021, 5:25 PM 13,152 Views 22 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said inflation is now running at over 4.3%.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

New zoned land tax branded a 'total joke' by opposition TDs
# Budget 2022
# Budget 2022

New zoned land tax branded a 'total joke' by opposition TDs

Oct 12th 2021, 2:00 PM 17,411 Views 8 Comments

The tax was announced by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe this afternoon and will replace the vacant sites levy.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 1 October, 2021

'Not what we signed off on': Mica campaigners unhappy with redress report
# Mica
# Mica

'Not what we signed off on': Mica campaigners unhappy with redress report

Updated Oct 1st 2021, 4:43 PM 30,509 Views 101 Comments
  • The report says the total cost of the remediation scheme could be €3.2 billion.
  • Homeowners who have to completely demolish and rebuild their homes would not necessarily get a 100% grant.
  • Other remediation works would receive a 100% grant and all caps should be increased, the report says.
  • The report is to be considered by the minister before he brings proposals to Cabinet.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 30 September, 2021

'O'Brien needs to get his act together' say Mica protesters outside Leinster House today
# Redress
# Redress

'O'Brien needs to get his act together' say Mica protesters outside Leinster House today

Updated Sep 30th 2021, 12:45 PM 14,644 Views 45 Comments

Campaigners are seeking 100% redress for damage to their homes.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Minister for Housing meets with Mica residents to discuss working group report
# Mica
# Mica

Minister for Housing meets with Mica residents to discuss working group report

Updated Sep 29th 2021, 7:35 PM 9,980 Views 14 Comments

The householders, in Donegal and Mayo, are seeking 100% redress for their Mica damaged homes.

# darragh-obrien - Monday 27 September, 2021

Darragh O’Brien says ‘nothing is off the table’ on mica redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Darragh O’Brien says ‘nothing is off the table’ on mica redress scheme

Sep 27th 2021, 10:42 PM 8,176 Views 12 Comments

The Housing Minister will meet mica-affected homeowners later this week.

O'Brien defends housing strategy after experts brand elements ‘unrealistic’
# Housing For All
# Housing For All

O'Brien defends housing strategy after experts brand elements ‘unrealistic’

Sep 27th 2021, 5:30 PM 18,660 Views 38 Comments

Housing experts criticised the focus on supply issues rather than affordability.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Housing Minister says Government has no short-term solution to lack of student accommodation
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Housing Minister says Government has no short-term solution to lack of student accommodation

Sep 16th 2021, 6:49 PM 19,954 Views 59 Comments

O’Brien said this was “an immediate and very serious issue”, but he explained there was no short-term solution.

# darragh-obrien - Saturday 11 September, 2021

Minister to meet with developers and Council to discuss €600k 'affordable' homes
# Poolbeg Site
# Poolbeg Site

Minister to meet with developers and Council to discuss €600k 'affordable' homes

Sep 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,346 Views 42 Comments
  • The Journal reported in June around fears about how ‘affordable’ housing at Poolbeg in Dublin would be delivered.
  • The 37-acre site is one of the last large-scale pieces of development land left in Dublin city.
  • But concerns remain over the 'affordable' units which could cost as much as €600,000.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Catholic Church to 'reflect' on O'Brien's request to use land for housing
# Eamon Martin
# Eamon Martin

Catholic Church to 'reflect' on O'Brien's request to use land for housing

Sep 8th 2021, 2:35 PM 20,931 Views 27 Comments

The Government last week launched its ‘Housing for All’ plan which aims to create 300,000 new homes by the end of the decade.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 3 September, 2021

Sites in Dublin, Cork and Limerick included in 'largest ever transfer of State land'
# Housing For All
# Housing For All

Sites in Dublin, Cork and Limerick included in 'largest ever transfer of State land'

Sep 3rd 2021, 11:16 AM 34,133 Views 17 Comments

The Land Development Agency will take ownership of State land capable of delivering 10,000 to 15,000 additional homes.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 2 September, 2021

New short-term let regulations to be in place by next summer
# Rental Market
# Rental Market

New short-term let regulations to be in place by next summer

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:55 PM 20,665 Views 8 Comments

Property owners will not be able to advertise a short-term let unless they have received the required planning permission.

Sharp improvements in house building activity noted in the first half of 2021
# Momentum Builds
# Momentum Builds

Sharp improvements in house building activity noted in the first half of 2021

Sep 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 10,795 Views 7 Comments

Work on 12,700 housing units commenced in the second quarter, the highest number since 2007.

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