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# Homes

Last month
February 2023
# Housing
Ireland should follow Denmark and require vacant properties to be rented out, Varadkar advised
The NESC report suggests an NCT-style system could be set up for rental properties to ensure minimum standards.
This year
# first home
Housing minister rejects warning government scheme may push up house prices
Darragh O’Brien said he does not believe a state-backed scheme will have any “major implications” on driving up house price inflation.
Last year
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021
# Homes
New Vacant Homes Tax targets unoccupied properties but there are some exemptions
It will be charged at three times the rate of the building’s local property tax liability.
# Sponsored By Glenveagh Homes
Perfect for commuters: Check out these three-bedroom homes in Co Wicklow
Register your interest now for three-bedroom terraced homes at Ushers Glen.
# Climate Change
Houses are built to keep heat in and that's a problem during heatwaves, especially in cities
Heatwaves will become more frequent and intense as climate change worsens.
Irish buildings and homes are generally built to hold in heat rather than stay well ventilated and cool in the summer.
This is increasingly becoming a problem as temperatures rise.
UCD planning professor says more emphasis should be put on adapting buildings to deal with higher heat.
'Singing from the same climate hymn sheet': Met Éireann to level playing field of Irish data
Why heatwaves hit harder in cities - and how to combat rising temperatures
# Homes
€400 monthly payment for hosts of Ukrainian refugees to start in August
It’s an opt-in scheme with applications to receive it open from today.
# Sponsored By Glenveagh Homes
Register now: Contemporary homes just steps from Navan’s vibrant amenities
Glenveagh has three and four-bedroom homes available in Baker Hall from €350,000.
Dr Lorcan Sirr: Ukrainian refugees can be housed quickly and easily if government acts now
The senior lecturer in housing says the urgent need to house Ukrainian refugees may be what Ireland’s housing crisis needs, with political will.
# Housing
Housing minister says government will pull 'every lever available' to house Ukrainian refugees
Vacant buildings are being examined to find spaces that can be converted to homes.
# Housing
Revised mortgage-to-rent scheme to help more people in arrears to stay in their homes
Homeowners will have an option to purchase their home back at the price the State paid for it.
All time
# Housing
DCC says 'no low hanging fruit' when it comes to vacant houses in the capital
The Deputy Chief Executive of the council says the assumption that there are over 30,000 plus vacant units in Dublin City needs to be diffused.
# Homes
New mica redress scheme 'falls way short of the mark once again', campaigners say
Campaigners intend to march in Dublin again if the government does not revisit its plan.
# Housing
Too many three-bed homes and not enough one-beds is one of Ireland’s big housing problems - Varadkar
Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns accused the government of overseeing a cost-of-living crisis in Ireland.
# defective blocks scheme
Criticism of council after 19 rejections of pyrite homes in Mayo overturned on appeal
Applications had been rejected despite engineers’ reports and tests confirming the presence of pyrite.
# Homes
Mica protesters gather outside Fianna Fail think-in to call for 100% redress scheme
Fianna Fáil members gathering in Cavan today were met by around 30 protesters from Donegal.
# Govt Plan
Affordable and social homes, tackling vacant sites: Key points from the major new housing plan
The new housing plan launched today allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
A new housing plan launched today allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
It sets out how the government intends to shape Ireland's housing landscape over the next ten years.
The plan says it aims to "eradicate" homelessness by 2030.
Government's housing plan aims to deliver 300,000 new homes by 2030
Opinion: I've returned to Ireland, I'm an entrepeneur on a good living - I can't afford a home
# Daft Report
Properties by the coast in Ireland now cost 23% more than before Covid-19 pandemic
This compares to a national average increase of just 8.7% in the same period.
# Explainer
The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today
Homeowners are protesting in Dublin’s city centre today.
# Homes
Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing
It would amend Article 43 of the Constitution, which covers private property rights.
# Homes
Representative group suggests investors are 'part of the solution' to housing crisis
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said in the Dáil yesterday that it would be “ideologically extreme” to ban investment on certain types of housing.
# 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.
# Housing
Average listed price of a home in Ireland was €269k this quarter - a rise of 7.4% on last year
The 7.4% year-on-year rise is the the largest such increase in three years.
# ge2020
Sinn Féin's 'manifesto for change' pledges to build 100,000 homes and secure a referendum on Irish unity
The party has also committed to returning the pension age to 65 and abolishing the property tax.
# Housing Crisis
Leo Varadkar says he isn't ashamed of his government's housing record
The Taoiseach said Fianna Fáil should be ‘embarrassed’ to discuss their housing policies.
# Housing
'It's a huge success': First sale of mortgage-to-rent home back to original owner
The scheme allows people who are in mortgage arrears to remain in their homes and pay rent to an approved housing body.
These are the most expensive areas to buy a home in Ireland by Eircode
The CSO has published its latest residential property price index today.
# Cabot Financial
Ulster Bank says it's 'unacceptable' a data breach resulted in its former customers' details being compromised
The breach resulted in names, contact information, and financial details being compromised.
# Housing
'Cuckoo funds' shutting out first-time buyers and operating tax-free need urgent review, says FF
Corporate investors known as so-called ‘cuckoo funds’ have spent over €1.1 billion on nearly 3,000 residential properties in Ireland last year
# just the facts
Factcheck: Were 18,000 new homes built in Ireland last year?
Housing figures are always a point of contention – let’s clear this up.
# Concrete
Mica scandal: Families living in 'crumbling homes' as redress scheme awaits sign off
It is understood the roll out of the redress scheme is in its final stages.
# barnhill
'Not now and not ever': 1,000 new homes planned for west Dublin, which locals say brings a 'high risk' of flooding
The vast majority of Fingal County Councillors voted in favour of adopting the Barnhill Local Area Plan.
# Housing
Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed
House acquisitions by local authorities has also risen.
# interiors
10 Instagram homes that are giving us serious interiors envy
Lust-worthy homes.
# Social Housing
The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'
Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.
# Sold
PTSB transfers thousands more of its customers to vulture fund servicer
Many of the mortgage-holders sold today had engaged with the bank and reached arrangements.
# crisis
Reliance on government support by renters likely to increase after Brexit
The amount of money the State pays in Hap will also increase if Brexit results in further rent hikes in the capital.
# off the rails
People are paying an extra €61,000 to live near a Luas stop
Buyers are now paying an average of €446,000 for a property close to a Luas stop in Dublin.
# public land use
Dundrum, Skerries, Cork docklands and Mullingar: New Land Development Agency plans to build thousands of houses
Under the new plan, 10% of the public land identified for housing must be used for social housing and 30% for affordable housing.
# Property Prices
House prices in Dublin up by 6.5% in the last year
As a whole, residential property prices at a national level have increased by 10% in the 12 months to July.