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# department of housing

Last month
January 2023
# Social Housing
Initial social housing targets not met as Housing Department revises new builds to approx 7,500
The Department of Housing has cast doubt on figures issued in an official briefing note to Minister Paschal Donohoe.
# planning reform
Government wants to make judicial reviews 'a waste of time' as part of planning law changes
The Planning and Development Bill will introduce changes to the way judicial reviews are brought.
Last year
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness: Record high of 10,975 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,633 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of September.
# Fire Safety
'I nearly fell off my chair': Dublin apartment owners face €68,000 fire defects bill
As many as 100,000 homes across the country may be impacted by fire safety or water ingress issues.
# Fire Safety
Final report on Celtic Tiger era apartment defects to be sent to minister
As many as 100,000 apartments and duplexes may be affected by these issues.
# What's the rush?
Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'
A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on by TDs tonight.
A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on tonight
These could cause 'serious legal issues', with one 'incompatible' with EU law, a solicitor told Noteworthy
Changes criticised by politicians and environmental NGOs but welcomed by construction industry
# water you on about
Irish Water to be rebranded as Uisce Éireann as part of split from parent body
Irish Water is currently a subsidiary of semi-state company Ervia.
# Housing
Number of homeless people up for fifth month in a row to 10,325
There are 3,028 children in emergency accommodation.
# housing committee
'At best unfruitful and at worst a waste': Charities hit out at changes to Fair Deal scheme
The Government changed the Fair Deal Scheme hoping to bring 8,000 properties onto the rental market.
The Government introduced changes to the Fair Deal Scheme hoping to bring 8,000 properties onto the rental market.
Alone is set to tell TDs this afternoon that the private rental market does not serve older people at present.
Issues around 'rightsizing' will also be raised, with older people unable to access finance to move into smaller houses.
Cabinet approves Fair Deal rule change in order to bring thousands of vacant houses back into use
# Homelessness Report
Over 9,000 in emergency accommodation in November, as figures rise for the sixth month running
Homelessness is highest in Dublin, with 4,568 adults in emergency accommodation being reported.
All time
'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across the country.
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across Ireland
Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald reveals hepatitis A outbreak likely caused by unsanitary conditions at site
Children speak about living in overcrowded trailers, waking up freezing and having no green space to play
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Funding Failure
Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation
Noteworthy takes a deep dive into the funding issues that resulted in poor resourcing of housing projects.
# water workers
Talks to resume next month on transfer of local authority staff to Irish Water
Discussions took place during the summer and they are set to resume again in mid-October.
# department of housing
Move to restrict legal cases against planning proposals provokes nearly 300 complaints
An Taisce were among more than a dozen environmental groups to object to the proposals.
# the good information project
Ireland's planning system to go digital within 18 months
“It is hoped that planning authorities will have the ability to accept planning applications online by end 2022.”
# Social Housing
Limerick suburbs to receive 38 new social housing units by end of the year
The Peter McVerry Trust, Limerick City Council and County Council are to deliver the new homes to the areas of Moyross and Southill.
# Affordable housing bill
Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?
# Housing Crisis
Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.
# Homeless figures
Homeless figures dip but charity warns of 'alarming rise' in homeless single people
Housing minister Darragh O’Brien said homelessness remains “unacceptably high”.
# Darragh O'Brien
Housing Minister issues de-facto ban on new co-living developments
O’Brien said the number of applications and permissions in Ireland are “comparatively high in the international context”.
# housing bill
Bill to extend protections for renters to go before Dáil this morning
All protections implemented by the bill will last until January 2021.
# Homelessness
Homeless figures: 459 fewer people in emergency accommodation in May
The total number of homeless people in Ireland is currently 8,876.
# Housing Crisis
Warning over 'second wave' of homelessness in coming months
Charities are asking the government to take action to prevent more homelessness in the wake of the pandemic.
# Homeless
Number of people in emergency accommodation remains below 10,000, latest figures show
Figures for April show that there were 572 fewer people in emergency accommodation compared to March.
# Homelessness
Number of people in emergency accommodation drops below 10,000, latest figures show
There are 241 fewer people on the Department of Housing’s homeless list compared with last month.
# Homelessness
Housing dept 'utterly rejects' criticism of homeless figures amid claims of 'pre-election manipulation'
The number of people homeless in December 2019 dipped below 10,000 before rising above that figure again in January 2020.
# Homeless figures
The number of people who are homeless has risen to over 10,000 again
6,697 adults and 3,574 children were in emergency accommodation in January.
# Homelessness
Latest homeless figures show record monthly drop of 717 people
The drop of almost 7% is one of the largest monthly decreases recorded for the official homeless figures.
# rebuilding ireland
FactFind: How many homes is the Irish government actually building every year?
Eoghan Murphy says Rebuilding Ireland has delivered 64,000 places to live – but how many are new builds?
# Homelessness
'This must end': Homelessness figures reach over 10,000 for eighth consecutive month
10,397 people were in emergency accommodation in Ireland in September.
# Homelessness
'We need to stop this': Homelessness figures reach 10,000 for seventh consecutive month
A total of 10,338 people were in emergency accommodation in August.
# Housing
Homelessness figures above 10,000 for sixth month in a row
New figures show that 10,275 people are in emergency accommodation.
# warning
Met Éireann 'push alerts' on extreme weather will be ready in time for winter
You’ll also be able to sign up for email and text alerts.
# co living
'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals
FOI documents show correspondence sent to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy from members of the public.
# vacant sites
Only 26 sites told to pay vacant site levy in Dublin city so far this year
Minister Eoghan Murphy has recently claimed that evidence so far of development shows the vacant site levy is working.
# Homeless figures
Minister for Housing accepts 'need to do more' as latest figures show record levels of homelessness
10,378 people were recorded in emergency accommodation in April.
Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers
Applicants are suspended if they refuse two offers of housing within a year.
# Housing Crisis
Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021
RPZ laws were first introduced in December 2016 to address spiraling rents.
# uncertainty
Loan scheme for first-time buyers needs another €600m - but government yet to decide on stumping up cash
The uncertainty over the future of the scheme means prospective buyers face an “anxious wait”, according to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath.