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# Housing

    # Mortgages
    Government-backed mortgage offers are set to get bigger from March
    Houses valued up to €360,000 in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin, Dublin City, Fingal, Wicklow and Kildare will soon be eligible for the loan.
    # accommodation crisis
    McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
    Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
    # rent credit
    'Exceptionally high volume' of calls to RTB leading to backlog on queries about renters' credit
    Green Party TD Patrick Costello said that the RTB are overburdened and don’t have the resources they currently need.
    # Mortgages
    Ireland had the highest number of mortgage drawdowns last year since 2008
    That’s according to two reports published today by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland.
    # 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′.
    # Asylum Seekers
    26 additional asylum seekers unable to be accommodated by State
    A total of 81 international protection applicants could not be housed this week.
    # Homelessness
    Homelessness record broken again as 11,632 people in emergency accommodation in December
    The Department of Housing published the figures this afternoon.
    The Department of Housing published the figures this afternoon.
    A total of 8,190 adults and 3,442 children were living in emergency accommodation during the week of 19 to 25 December.
    Focus Ireland has called these figures "shameful".
    55 asylum seekers left without accommodation since Citywest closure
    New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
    # 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 Permission
    Over 28,700 units of large developments are awaiting An Bord Pleanála permission
    That’s according to a report from consultants Mitchell McDermott.
    # factcheck
    FactCheck: Did the state build more social housing in 2022 than ever before, as Taoiseach claimed?
    “We’ve never built more social housing than was the case of the past year,” The Taoiseach said.
    # Ukraine
    CityWest refugee centre to close to new arrivals 'in a matter of days', says O'Gorman
    The UN’s refugee agency warned that ‘urgent intervention’ is needed to prevent large numbers of people becoming homeless here.
    # Housing
    New scheme to repair Celtic Tiger-era defective apartments set to cost up to €2.5 billion
    50% to 80% of apartments built between 1991 and 2013 are estimated to have at least one defect.
    # Housing
    Threshold says 40% of tenancy terminations for property sale were invalid in last quarter of 2022
    The charity’s advisors supported 17,012 individuals in the last quarter of 2022.
    # ukrainians in ireland
    Difficult to rule out future use of tents for asylum seekers, says junior Minister
    Peter Burke, the Minister of State for European Affairs, said that housing refugees was a ‘wartime situation’.
    # Housing
    Value of mortgages increase by 16.8% in 12 months: banking lobby report
    The value of first-time buyers’ mortgages rose 1.4% year-on-year, according to the report.
    # Housing Assistance Payment
    There were just 41 properties available to rent for people accessing HAP last month
    HAP is a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower-income households.
    # Damien English
    Property questions take out another minister but this resignation is different to the Troy saga
    English’s resignation is solely due to a 2008 planning application.
    Fine Gael TD Damien English resigned his position as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment today.
    The Meath West TD resigned solely due to a 2008 planning application in which he failed to declare he owned a house.
    Public scrutiny of politicians’ ownership of housing has ramped up in recent months following the controversy surrounding TD Robert Troy and his properties.
    Fine Gael TD Damien English resigns as junior minister after reports about property ownership
    A fortnight of apologies and clarifications that led to Robert Troy's resignation
    # 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.
    # rent pressure zone
    Minister to assess how co-living developments can be brought under rent legislation
    Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has said he has always been opposed to co-living developments.
    # housing for all
    Housing targets expected to be revised upwards as Govt considers buying up apartments
    The summit comes as homelessness figures broke new records for the fifth month in a row.
    # 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.
    # Housing
    Average house prices now almost eight times average wage, reaching near-Celtic Tiger levels
    The median asking price for a home in the fourth quarter of 2022 was €330,000.
    # airbnb
    Short-term letting rules were 'destined to fail' after only 50 planning permissions granted
    In total, there were 16,181 homes available to rent on Airbnb as of 21 December.
    # 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.
    # Housing
    Taoiseach keen to see more modular homes built to tackle housing crisis
    Houses built off site in factories have already been used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.
    # Interview
    All sectors will get 'fair hearing' on taxation if SF gets into power, McDonald insists
    If in government, Sinn Féin would reduce the inheritance tax threshold to €300,000.
    # Poll
    In 2009, 60% of people thought it was a 'good time' to buy a house. Now? That figure is 14%
    That has dropped from 60% in December 2009.
    # 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?
    # Landlords
    Housing minister: 'I'll be frank, we've got to revisit the tax treatment for small landlords'
    In an interview with The Journal, the housing minister said tax measures is one way to keep landlords in the market.
    In an interview with The Journal, Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien said the tax treatment of landlords is something the government will discuss further.
    Small landlords are continuing to leave the market, said the minister.
    Pressure will be put on local authorities to ramp up their delivery of homes next year.
    Dublin property price ceilings under First Home Scheme to increase to €475,000
    Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
    THE MORNING LEAD
    Dublin property price ceilings under First Home Scheme to increase to €475,000
    A report by Christina Finn
    Maximum property price ceilings are to increase from 1 January.
    Maximum property price ceilings under the First Home Scheme for every county are to increase on 1 January, Political Correspondent Christina Finn reports.
    Price caps for Dublin City; Cork City; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin are to increase from €450,000 to €475,000.
    Since its launch in July, 2,400 people have registered under the scheme.
    Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
    Housing minister welcomes mortgage rule change but concerns raised about house price increases
    # Waterford
    Council's housing chief 'loath' to axe need for homeless to require local link for emergency beds
    Local authorities have previously been told by the housing minister to drop the policy for anyone seeking an emergency bed.
    # Banks
    Tánaiste says there are no current plans to reintroduce mortgage interest relief
    Varadkar said there are no plans currently but it’s not something the Government would rule out for the future.
    # PLANNING LAW REFORMS
    Taoiseach says overhauling planning laws 'essential' to delivering climate and housing targets
    TDs also raised concerns about the Planning and Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill today.
    # Housing
    Councils to secure proportion of any land value increase arising from residential zoning decisions
    Land value increases when planning decisions are made to zone land, with the uplift going to the landowners or developers, but not to the State.
    # Housing
    Coalition parties may clash over planning reforms as Green ministers flag concerns at Cabinet
    Green Party members have raised concerns about restricting access to justice.
    # 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.
    # Executive Decisions
    Cabinet approves international surrogacy policy proposals with aim of giving 100s of families a 'route to recognition'
    A busy Cabinet session also saw Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien bring draft laws to overhaul Ireland’s planning system.
    # objections
    Minister says there should be 'clarity' about who is taking cases against planning decisions
    Darragh O’Brien denied that resident groups are being targeted by a new bill.
    # Housing
    Property price ceilings under First Home Scheme likely to be increased in a number of counties
    A recommendation is due to go to Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien next week to increase caps.
    # Housing
    Housing minister to face motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week
    The motion being tabled by People Before Profit-Solidarity will take place just days before the Cabinet reshuffle.
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