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# Housing

July 2023
Government accused of 'shocking indifference' after deciding against another eviction ban
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien revealed yesterday that the government has ‘no plans to reinstate a winter eviction ban’.
Varadkar says his comment about people refusing social housing was 'misrepresented'
The Taoiseach has come under fire for saying that lots of people in emergency accommodation “refuse multiple offers to go on social housing”.
Inchicore development with 578 new homes given planning permission green light
The housing development site is located at Emmet Road (formerly St Michael’s Estate), Inchicore, Dublin 8.
Tenants to be asked to bid on property if landlord sells as independent value plan is abandoned
Government planned to have the legislation in place by the summer, but it has now been pushed out to autumn.
Housing prices 2.2% higher than this time last year
However, the final value of sales aren’t going as high over the asking price as they were in 2022.
Now versus the 1980s: How interest rates impact household budgets
Paul O’Donoghue looks at the comparisons between the generations.
Locals object after planning permission granted for 785 apartments in Dublin 3
The apartment blocks are planned for the grounds of St Vincent’s psychiatric hospital in Fairview.
Minister seeks broader scope for probe into RTÉ as Cabinet discusses terms of reference
A report by
Christina Finn
Media Minister Catherine Martin is expected to appoint a designated auditor to examine RTE’s accounts.
No evidence that homelessness figures will fall in future, says Peter McVerry
The number of people in emergency accommodation reached a record high once again this week.
June 2023
House prices in second quarter of 2023 down 0.5% from one year ago
This marks the first time since mid-2020 that prices have fallen in year-on-year terms.
Renters feel less secure in their tenancies compared to last year, Threshold finds
Threshold said there has been a “steady, year-on-year increase” of insecurity felt by Irish renters, compared to last year’s report.
Councils identify over 1,500 vacant and derelict properties to be bought up
The price tag of the properties comes in at €437 million.
Damien English 'disappointed and embarrassed' about planning controversy that led to resignation
‘I put my hand up, I gave the wrong information,’ said the former Fine Gael minister.
State's system of earmarking land for new housing is 'fundamentally flawed', TDs to be told
The Construction Industry of Federation says the amount of land zoned for new homes is behind the actual need.
Population rise from Census to feed into increase in Government's housing targets
The latest data from the census shows that Ireland’s population has hit close to 5.15 million.
Crowds told not to blame refugees for housing crisis at Raise the Roof protest in Cork
Raise the Roof campaigners are calling for an end to ‘no fault’ evictions, long-term security for renters and the establishment of a legal right to housing.
Minister sets out 'positive discrimination' policy to ringfence offshore island funding
The ‘Our Living Islands’ strategy published today is the first national island policy in 27 years.
Dept reviewing case of amputee told to wait until 2024 to apply for housing adaptation grant
The department says a recommendation on the housing adaptation grant funding has gone to the minister.
Galway council to write to advertising watchdog over Airbnb posts in rent pressure zone
The city’s housing availability comes under significant pressure at this time of year, locals say.
Green light for 785-unit apartment scheme in Fairview despite local opposition
The Council has granted planning permission for the apartment scheme after reducing the number of units from 811 to 785.
Department of Housing returned more than €380m to exchequer due to underspend by Govt
The Government has faced criticism in recent times for the consistent underspend of its budget.
May 2023
Opinion: The government cannot fix housing because their entire approach is flawed
Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats is putting forward a motion today calling for a reversal of some government housing policies.
Having a job is 'no longer a way out of homelessness', TDs told
Wayne Stanley said the issue is arising particularly where younger people are gaining employment despite living in emergency accommodation.
Census 2022: New stats show how much average rents have risen in the private sector since 2016
The number of owner-occupier properties also fell last year, according to the Census.
Leo Varadkar says he believes homeless figures will fall
There were 12,259 people in emergency accommodation last month.
Peter McVerry says Varadkar has his 'priorities wrong' when it come to tax cuts
‘My priority, if you have €1.5 billion to give away, are the hundreds of thousands struggling to make ends meet,’ McVerry said.
Housing minister defends Govt approach after last week's record high homeless figures
Figures published on Friday showed there were 12,259 people in emergency accommodation last month.
Almost half of objections to Dublin City Council against new land-hoarding tax were successful
The tax is due to come into force next year and will target zoned, serviced residential development lands.
Homelessness hits record high again as 12,259 people in emergency accommodation in April
The figure includes 3,594 children.
Green light for nine-storey, 245-bedroom 'lean luxury' hotel over Arnotts in Dublin
Dublin City Council stated that the scheme is “unlikely to impact negatively on the amenities of properties in the vicinity”.
Dublin Fire Brigade to tell TDs that fire safety will be 'integral' to use of rapid-build homes
Traditional building methods have undergone a vast amount of large-scale testing, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.
O'Brien seeking to convert vacant office blocks into apartments to tackle housing crisis
The Housing Minister today confirmed that he was engaging with Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney on the matter.
'Not going back to hostels': The Dublin tenants resisting eviction on Harrington Street
A report by
Jamie McCarron
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said that the RTB would be investigating the matter.
House prices up 3.9% from last year, the lowest rate of increase in nearly two years
House prices outside Dublin are rising faster than prices in the capital.
Tory bill to abolish no-fault evictions in England to come before UK Parliament
The ban was part of the Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto.
Poll: Do you know the Building Energy Rating (BER) of your home?
What’s your rating?
Micheál Martin: It's 'possible' Ireland can build 40,000 new homes a year to meet demand
The Tánaiste says Ireland’s construction industry ‘could go even higher’.
Analysis: Government and the Central Bank can take steps to free the 60,000 mortgage prisoners
Mark Coan of Money Sherpa says more needs to be gone at the regulatory level to help those in insecure mortgage positions.
Family homeless in eviction after receiver refused council's offer to pay top price for property
The housing department says councils can offer to pay the upper range valuation where tenants are at risk of homelessness.
Defective Concrete Block scheme regulations should be ready 'in the next couple of weeks'
Minister Michael McGrath says he will engage further on the role banks and insurance companies should play.