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# Homes

All time
# the commission
Who will chair the mother-and-baby inquiry? The Minister's been given a list of candidates
The Commission of Investigation into the State’s network of mother-and-baby homes is expected to be set up before the Oireachtas summer recess.
Voices
Opinion: Once the bricks and mortar are in place, let's encourage communities to develop
‘Building sustainable communities’ may not sound very exciting, but the truth is that strong communities create the foundation for generations to come.
# Homelessness
Burton's social housing promises 'can't be more spin'
The new Labour leader is being asked to scrap the Home Assistance Payment.
# cancer-causing
Over 90,000 homes may have 'dangerous levels' of radon gas... just 8% have been checked
The radioactive gas is linked to 250 cases of lung cancer every year in Ireland.
# Housing Crisis
Council sale of four acres would provide just 22 social housing units
A councillor in south Dublin said the plan would to “nothing to tackle the growing house crisis” in the area.
# bessborough
Handover of 25,000 mother-and-baby files indicates "scale and breadth" of investigation
Some 25,000 files have been handed over by the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of Government agency ‘TUSLA’.
# Tighten the belt
Commuter belt three-bed home prices rising faster than Dublin says survey
The price of an average three-bed semi in Irish towns and cities has risen by 11.12% to €170,074 since the end of December.
# Under the Hammer
Rush for homes as property market "changes dramatically" in Galway
An all-day auction is set to take place in Galway on Friday.
# residential
Number of people looking for planning permission and building homes is on the rise
There were 3,524 residential construction projects started in the first four months of 2014 compared with 1,517 for the same period in 2013.
# burst bubble
The number of houses granted planning permission will probably surprise you
The latest CSO figures show a drop of 30.5% in the first three months of the year.
# growing population
Warning of future nursing homes crisis if 'action isn't taken now'
Nursing home representatives believe more resources are needed to prevent future shortages.
# Allsop Space
Now is finally your chance to buy that bank you've always wanted*
*Well, it’s more of the building that contains the bank instead of the actual bank, but still…
Voices
Opinion: It is a bittersweet time for victims of institutional abuse – the least we can do is listen
Victims of mother-and-baby homes as well as the Bethany Homes must finally have their voices heard.
# Mother and Baby
Taoiseach: If we don't do this properly, Ireland's soul will lie "in an unmarked grave"
Enda Kenny said the Government would consult with all opposition parties, other relevant groups and historians as it began its investigation into mother-and-baby homes.
# full inquiry
Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation
Diarmuid Martin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all mother-and-baby homes.
# gaffs
The 7 cheapest houses for sale in Ireland right now
Including a former garda station!
# where the heart is
Property prices up by 8.5% on last year, but still down on peak prices
Prices in Dublin lead the way, being up 17.7% on last year.
# tensions high
Croke Park: Security in place to prevent One Directioners from queuing too early
The boys are back in town.
# homeless crisis
"I'm just terrified, I don't know if I'll make it in a hostel."
Council offices in Blanchardstown were occupied by protesters this morning, including one woman who said she’d be without a home within weeks…
# father mcverry
Housing shortage could see "tsunami of homeless" in Ireland
Minister Jan O’Sullivan said that 25,000 units per year are needed to tackle the issue.
# bubble bubble
New scheme would help first-time buyers get foot on property ladder
The scheme, which is being examined by the Department of Finance, would see the State guarantee a proportion of mortgages.
# San Francisco
Landlords evicting tenants for putting their homes on Airbnb
A petition has been set up calling on lawmakers in San Francisco to stop the evictions.
# housing plan
80,000 new homes are needed but TDs will hear today who needs them and where
A national housing plan is vital argues one social housing group.
# Insurance
Here's how much a fire in your house could cost you
Plus, new insurance figures show that just one in eight claims are related to burglary.
# Lights out
"It's going to take for someone to be hurt": Street lighting problems around Ireland
Chambers Park in Kilcock isn’t the only estate to run into problems with public lighting. Here are your stories.
# Arrears
Concern that banks are only tackling "easy" mortgage arrears cases
The new figures show that 168 properties were taken into possession by lenders in the last quarter of 2013.
# FOLD IReland
Association uses new funding approach to redevelop homes for older people
FOLD Ireland used private funds to redevelop a housing project in north Dublin after ownership was transferred from Dublin City Council.
# Insurance
Councils told 'keep on spending' on flooding repairs
A memorandum of understanding is also due to be introduced for flooding repairs in the near future.
Voices
Column: The housing market is a mess, so we must decide – will we be charitable or fair?
Incumbent property owners receive special privileges in Ireland – meaning some mortgagors will walk out of this crisis with the same assets they walked into it with, despite not paying for them, writes Karl Deeter.
# Bubble build up
There are just 3,000 properties for sale in the capital with Dublin 15 the most popular
The biggest one off residential sale in Dublin was that of Walford, Shrewsbury Road in March for €14 million.
# pyrite heave
Homeowners with pyrite problems can apply for funding from next week
Homes in 74 estates were identified as being at risk from ‘pyrite heave’ which causes buckling of floors and walls.
# Home improvement
€30m to be spent on insulating 25k council houses
The scheme will see local authority homes made warmer, meaning lower energy bills.
# tackling cancer
Selling your home? You might have to test it for radon
A new report from the Department of Environment makes the suggestion as part of the effort to tackle the cancer-causing gas.
# Homeowners
Concern from homeowners as 13,000 IBRC mortgages to be sold
Deputy Stephen Donnelly appealed to the Finance Minister to allow families to bid for their own homes at market value.
# Arrears
€20m fund to assist distressed local authority mortgage holders
The new fund will move people onto the mortgage to rent scheme for those who have unsustainable mortgages.
# UK
More flooding expected after the River Thames burst its banks yesterday
More severe weather is expected to hit flooded areas in the UK today.
# Storm
UK floods: River Thames threatens homes, soldiers on standby and a cow stuck in the mud
14 severe flood warnings have been issued across the UK, with householders living along the River Thames put on standby.
# Banking
AIB will write off debt for some split mortgage holders
It is understood that the product will only suit some people whose mortgages are in distress.
# The Aftermath
Pics: Limerick residents return home to assess flood devastation
Junior Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the flooding was of such magnitude that it requires a national response.