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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Housing Crisis

# Housing Crisis
Almost one in 20 dwellings in Ireland were vacant in past three months of 2021
Leitrim was the Local Authority with the highest vacancy rate at 10.6% in Q4 2021, while South Dublin had the lowest at 1.%.
Yesterday
30th January 2023
# Island Nation
Housing constraints ‘causing serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
Planning blockages, high building costs and no rental options are creating a housing crisis on our offshore islands.
# Housing Crisis
Business group Ibec warns housing crisis is 'critical barrier to growth and business investment'
It has offered some key recommendations which the group claims would ‘cut the cost of new home by €30,000′.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th 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.
This month
January 2023
# Housing Crisis
House prices surpass boom-era peak as properties outside of Dublin shoot up in value
Prices of dwellings outside of Dublin have gone up 9.8% over 12 months.
Voices
Opinion: 'Telling my child she'd missed a school place broke my heart'
Mum Margaret Lynch says she and her family are no closer to owning their home, after years of trying.
# Housing Crisis
Landlord tax breaks 'not off the table' as judgement call to be made before end of March
At a summit with housing stakeholders held yesterday in Government Buildings, a number of proposals are understood to have been put forward to benefit landlords.
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness record broken again as 11,542 people in emergency accommodation in November
The CEO of Dublin Simon Community said that the figures convey “nothing short of a tragedy.”
Last year
2022
# Housing
Covid-style response must be adopted to tackle housing crisis, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the Government needs to turn the corner on housing as it is causing inter-generational division.
Voices
Dr Rory Hearne: 2023 –Time for Ireland to take a new direction in housing
The housing expert says as the new year approaches, it’s time we reevaluate our approach to housing across the board.
# Housing Crisis
Taoiseach to meet experts in housing in the coming weeks as Govt attempt to kick-start acceleration plan
So are we heading Housing for All 2.0?
# Housing Crisis
Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien wins Dáil confidence vote by 86 votes to 63
A motion of no confidence was tabled by People Before Profit-Solidarity.
# land development agency
Land Development Agency should have power to acquire public and private land, ESRI says
The Land Development Agency (LDA) currently builds homes on publicly owned land.
# Housing
Housing crisis spilling into widespread social crisis, Dáil told
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted that there was “a very deep” social crisis affecting the country.
# Threshold
Over 10,000 people who contacted housing non-profit were at risk of homelessness
It is among the figures in Threshold’s annual report released today.
# Housing Crisis
Average Irish rent soared by 85% compared to 18% EU average between 2010 and 2022
The cost of buying has also increased more than the EU average.
THE MORNING LEAD
Fermoy latest town to be visited by anti-immigration campaigners and misinformation
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Analysis: Activists exploiting the war and accommodation shortages by whipping up local community sentiment against asylum seekers.
After protests in East Wall, campaigners look to seize on anti-immigration sentiment.
Cork man Derek Blighe has undertaken a tour of the country over the past month to take part in anti-immigration rallies.
Fermoy locals hitting back with counter protest today.
East Wall protesters block Port Tunnel a second time over asylum seeker accommodation
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
# Raise The Roof
Protest and concert calling for action on housing crisis takes place in Dublin
The rally started at Parnell Square and made its way to Government Buildings where a number of speeches were made.
Voices
Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
The housing expert says waiting for the market to fix the housing crisis is ‘like waiting for Godot’ – he’s calling on everyone to join the Raise the Roof protest.
# Homelessness
11,397 people in emergency accommodation as homelessness hits record high
The Peter McVerry Trust has said that the ban on evictions over winter should reduce the number of people coming into homelessness
# Housing Crisis
Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
Local authorities are currently carrying around €309 million of land legacy debt.
# daft rent report
Record high rent increases amid ongoing 'extreme' supply shortage
The latest Daft.ie report found that market rents have risen by 14.1% in the last 12 months.
# Housing
Housing Minister 'confident' overall social housing targets will be met by end of the year
Darragh O’Brien said there has been a “step change” in housing delivery this year compared with the previous 10 years.
# housing for all
Government still €2bn behind annual expenditure target for housing as end of year approaches
Critics say shortfalls show Housing For All goals won’t be reached this year
# Housing Crisis
Government to review private rental market as housing targets set to be exceeded
The review of the rental market is expected to be completed before Budget 2024.
THE MORNING LEAD
Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that ‘local connection’ rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed.
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that 'local connection' rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal finds this is one of the many legal barriers for Travellers when it comes to housing
Expert: "This is... a test which has no existence in the law whatsoever"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
# 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.
Voices
Analysis: We can expect to see interest rates continue to march higher this week
Economist Victor Duggan looks ahead to the expected ECB rate hike tomorrow.
# Reaction
Housing minister welcomes mortgage rule change but concerns raised about house price increases
Concerns have been raised about increasing borrowing limits when supply remains low.
Voices
Extract: 'Governments made decisions that led to your housing situation - you are not to blame'
Housing expert Dr Rory Hearne shares an extract from his new book ”Gaffs’ released this week.
Voices
Student: 'In a country with top universities, it's disgraceful that we have nowhere to live'
Students deserve more than just barely surviving in college, says Mairead Maguire.
# HOUSING SUPPLY
'I want the homeless number to come down': Short-term let controls on the way, says minister
Changes to the homeless HAP are also on the way.
# Questions answered
Explainer: There's a new rent tax credit, how can I avail of it and when will it be paid?
Does my landlord need to be registered? What if I’m on HAP?
# 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.
Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries
It came after Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused the government of ignoring proposals that would “put money back into people’s pockets.”
Voices
Why are some TDs unwilling to call themselves landlords - when that's exactly what they are
Rory Hearne responds to an investigation by The Journal which found eight TDs own rental properties but did not declare rental income on the Dáil register.
# Housing Crisis
French Embassy warns new arrivals of 'severe housing crisis' and 'sharp rent increases'
It’s warned of ‘sharp increase in rents, which are currently much more expensive than in Paris’.
# Housing Crisis
'Six years ago we were in a bank's mortgage ad - now we're couch surfing'
There have been calls for the government to collect data on this kind of ‘hidden homelessness’.
# no room
Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support
With few accessible options on the private rental market, little support is available for disabled people who fall outside social housing threshold.
# Housing Crisis
People with mental health difficulties struggling to find suitable homes in rental sector
One housing association is calling for investment in one-bedroom apartments, with some ring-fenced for people with mental health difficulties.