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# Housing Crisis

Last year
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.
# Ukraine
Under pressure: Military barracks and former convents may be needed to house Ukraine refugees
The number of refugees needing state-provided accommodation is increasing,” said Integration Minister Roderick O’Gorman.
# affordability crisis
92% drop in affordable properties in 10 months as opposition says housing crisis 'getting worse'
The Simon Community has called for HAP rates to be increased to deal with the rising cost of housing.
# Housing Crisis
House prices up 8% on this time last year, now 19% below Celtic Tiger peak - Daft report
Increases remain smaller in urban areas, compared to rural areas, although the gap is narrowing.
# Micheál Martin
Taoiseach suggests FF councillors should not have voted against housing motions alongside Sinn Féin
The issue has become a source of disagreement in recent weeks.
Micheál Martin has repeatedly accused Sinn Féin councillors of "objecting" to new homes.
Analysis by The Journal found several Fianna Fáil councillors voted alongside Sinn Féin in housing motions.
Taoiseach: 'We can't say this is a crisis and then just habitually vote against projects'.
# Apology
Art group to perform imagined apology from the Taoiseach for the housing crisis
Multi-Story Act 1: The Apology will feature an actor playing the Taoiseach apologising for the failures of the State to address the crisis.
Opinion: Government is missing the links between the housing crisis and growing pension problem
Rory McNab says Ireland’s unaffordable housing means a whole generation will be without pension cover in years to come.
# Emergency Accommodation
Slight drop in number of people attending emergency accommodation in December
Despite the drop in figures, homelessness organisations have raised concerns that they may begin to rise again.
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# Housing
Not-for-profit housing association seeing 'huge difficulty' in delivering affordable apartments
Circle VHA will add an additional 1,500 homes to its portfolio and its CEO has said it could do more.
Opinion: 'Housing has been a crisis for disabled people for decades'
We have to change the way we think about housing for disabled people, writes James Cawley.
# Prussia Street
Activists regain access to Stoneybatter site after stand-off with security firm and gardaí
Gardaí said they attended the the site in compliance with a court order.
Opinion: Steps were taken to reduce homelessness during Covid - we shouldn't lose momentum
Wayne Stanley of Simon Communities is asking Government to consider a Bill to prevent more people from slipping into homelessness.
# change of use
Councils told that student beds must be for students unless there's a 'compelling' reason
There have been concerns about purpose-built student accommodation being used for other purposes.
# Housing Crisis
Lone parents and their children account for more than half of all homeless families
Less than 25% of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70% of the total population.
# housing for all
Housing supply: What changes are we likely to see in the next 18 months?
The ‘Housing For All’ plan, which outlines targets for new supply, allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
The 'Housing For All' plan allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
By 2025, a total of 34,600 new homes will be built per year if the targets are met.
However, looking at next year the levels are significantly lower - a total of 24,600 new homes.
Affordable and social homes, tackling vacant sites: Key points from the major new housing plan
Only 'matters of substance' to be referred to courts under Government planning overhaul
# Housing Crisis
Housing for All: The measures aimed at helping single people get on the property ladder
Single applicants for local authority loans will be able to earn up to €65,000 in certain areas.
Opinion: I've returned to Ireland, I'm an entrepeneur on a good living - I can't afford a home
Eoin Hayes returned to Ireland after years abroad, set up his own business and now rents. He says he cannot get near the property ladder.
# Housing Crisis
Concern as number of homeless people rises for second consecutive month
Charities say many indicators are pointing to further increases in homelessness later this year.
# Homelessness
Just 63 rental properties within standard HAP rate available in June across Ireland
According to a new report, there were no properties available within standard HAP limits for a single person in June.
# Housing Crisis
Concern at increase in number of homeless families last month
Homeless campaigners have called for plans that address the particular challenges facing lone parents.
# Housing
Daft agrees to develop processes to remove ads that exclude rent allowance tenants
The company came to an agreement with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on foot of a 2016 complaint.
Construction to begin on €30m medical centre for Dublin’s homeless
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien visited the site this week.
Could it work here? Sacramento announces radical new plan to tackle homelessness
Californians “are becoming homeless faster than we can get people the help they need,” says mayor Darrell Steinberg. Here, Seána Glennon examines his proposal.
# budget 2022
Is housing the 'big winner' from the Government's Summer Economic Statement?
Housing looms large in the Government’s budgetary thinking at the moment.
# Maynooth
115 homes in Kildare development at centre of controversy now won't be sold to cuckoo fund
There was outrage when it emerged owner occupiers would be locked out of buying homes in the Maynooth estate.
# Housing Crisis
Angry Dáil exchanges over housing ahead of Cabinet meeting on Summer Economic Statement
A row between government ministers took place over the housing spend in the statement this week.
# the good information project
Watch: Politicians discuss solutions to Ireland's housing crisis
Representatives from every major party joined us to discuss real solutions and answer your questions.
Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism
Building social housing means building homes, writes Dean Van Nguyen.
# the good information project
Solutions to the housing crisis: Join us for a panel discussion with all major political parties
The panel will be hosted by senior reporter Michelle Hennessy and kicks off at 12.30pm.
# Housing
Number of mortgage approvals continues to grow as almost 4,700 signed off last month
This represents a significant increase on the 1,879 mortgage approvals issued in May 2020, the BPFI said.
# Housing Crisis
Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.
# Social Justice Ireland
Proportion of new homes bought by institutions increased six-fold in 10 years
The average price of homes bought by institutions also increased dramatically from 2016 to 2019, from €229,627 to €304,811.
'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements for Travellers and migrants.
The housing problem is at its most acute among minority groups, such as Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers.
Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements.
"It's an absolutely appalling national disgrace," says Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement.
# Homelessness
Nearly 60% of Dublin's rough sleepers were using tents in April
There were 5,806 individuals in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month.
Mark O'Halloran: 'My career might be judged a success - but when it comes to the property market, I'm a complete failure'
“Our political class have forgotten that housing is a right and not simply an opportunity to redistribute money upwards to the wealthy,” writes Mark O’Halloran.
# good information project
Ireland's housing crisis: The problems, the solutions and the human cost
The next part of The Good Information Project from The Journal will look at the core issues at the heart of Ireland’s housing crisis.
# Refurbishment
3,000 local authority homes to be refurbished and re-let under plans by Housing Minister
All 31 councils have applied to take part in the scheme, with the total cost to the Department of Housing set at approximately €44.7 million.
# Housing Crisis
'A human error': Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing passed by Dáil after junior Minister doesn't call vote
The housing crisis has been top of the political agenda for over two weeks now, following outrage over cuckoo funds.
Dr Rory Hearne: Investors received a clear message from Government last night - 'keep buying, you're flying'
The housing analyst responds to last night’s announcement by Government on investment funds and property.
# Housing Crisis
Up to 50% of future housing estates to be set aside for owner-occupiers, Ministers announce
The proposal would apply to all those buying a home for residential purposes.
The new measures will also see the purchase of more than 10 residential houses facing an increased stamp duty of 10%.
The higher stamp duty rate does not apply to the bulk buying of apartments by investment funds
Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe outlined the proposals at a press briefing this evening.
Second Cabinet meeting this evening to deal with tax changes for cuckoo funds
Over 25,000 people sign petition calling for government to scrap tax breaks for cuckoo funds