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#Housing

# housing - Sunday 11 July, 2021

The cost of building materials is on the rise - what does that mean for Ireland's housing crisis?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

The cost of building materials is on the rise - what does that mean for Ireland's housing crisis?

Jul 11th 2021, 6:30 AM 36,683 Views 52 Comments

The price of materials used in construction has risen by 5% in the year to June.

# housing - Saturday 10 July, 2021

From Affordable Housing to Vulture Funds: An A-Z(ish) of Ireland's housing crisis
# Glossary
# Glossary

From Affordable Housing to Vulture Funds: An A-Z(ish) of Ireland's housing crisis

Jul 10th 2021, 7:30 AM 12,408 Views 15 Comments

As part of The Good Information Project we’ve demystified some of the commonly-used terms about housing in Ireland.

# housing - Friday 9 July, 2021

President Higgins signs rent increase bill into law
# Rent Pressure Zones
# Rent Pressure Zones

President Higgins signs rent increase bill into law

Updated Jul 9th 2021, 9:50 PM 49,413 Views 48 Comments

All rent increases will now be made in line with the nation’s inflation rate.

# housing - Thursday 8 July, 2021

Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?

Jul 8th 2021, 7:30 PM 17,165 Views 49 Comments

The Government has come under fire for passing an amendment to allow tax breaks for the funds.

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'
# Housing
# Housing

Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'

Jul 8th 2021, 1:38 PM 24,428 Views 78 Comments

Catherine Murphy said leasing properties from funds was “an abuse of public money”.

# housing - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Dáil passes controversial amendment allowing cuckoo funds to avoid 10% stamp duty
# Cuckoo Funds
# Cuckoo Funds

Dáil passes controversial amendment allowing cuckoo funds to avoid 10% stamp duty

Updated Jul 7th 2021, 10:45 PM 88,787 Views 185 Comments

The amendment passed despite Sinn Féin withdrawing from a pairing arrangement.

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 25,955 Views 19 Comments

“They’re secure, people can lay down their roots here,” said Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,914 Views 0 Comments

This week, we talk you through how the mica scandal unfolded, and what it tells us about housing in Ireland.

# housing - Monday 5 July, 2021

Ireland's planning system to go digital within 18 months
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Ireland's planning system to go digital within 18 months

Jul 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 14,394 Views 4 Comments

“It is hoped that planning authorities will have the ability to accept planning applications online by end 2022.”

# housing - Wednesday 30 June, 2021

'We're sick waiting': Oliver Bond residents call for fast-tracking of regeneration works
# Sick Waiting
# Sick Waiting

'We're sick waiting': Oliver Bond residents call for fast-tracking of regeneration works

Jun 30th 2021, 6:20 AM 14,264 Views 18 Comments

Residents of Oliver Bond House say they been told it will be ‘at least 15 years’ before they can expect completion of the long-promised regeneration programme.

# housing - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Five big ideas to help solve Ireland's housing crisis (including 'tenure blind' homes and community-led developments)
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Five big ideas to help solve Ireland's housing crisis (including 'tenure blind' homes and community-led developments)

Jun 29th 2021, 8:03 PM 14,557 Views 19 Comments

We asked five experts for their best idea.

Dáil to discuss making homes at Poolbeg site 'genuinely affordable'
# Dublin
# Dublin

Dáil to discuss making homes at Poolbeg site 'genuinely affordable'

Jun 29th 2021, 2:00 PM 9,497 Views 13 Comments

Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said Nama should transfer its stake in the site to the council.

Number of mortgage approvals continues to grow as almost 4,700 signed off last month
# Housing
# Housing

Number of mortgage approvals continues to grow as almost 4,700 signed off last month

Jun 29th 2021, 6:10 AM 8,251 Views 11 Comments

This represents a significant increase on the 1,879 mortgage approvals issued in May 2020, the BPFI said.

# housing - Sunday 27 June, 2021

Opinion: Anyone who thinks couch-surfing in your 50s is fun should try it for a week
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Opinion: Anyone who thinks couch-surfing in your 50s is fun should try it for a week

Jun 27th 2021, 7:30 AM 24,969 Views 17 Comments

People in creative industries have had a difficult time during the pandemic. Actor Jessica Freed was evicted and is worried for her future.

# housing - Saturday 26 June, 2021

FactCheck: Could the government actually bend EU spending rules to build more homes?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Could the government actually bend EU spending rules to build more homes?

Jun 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,382 Views 25 Comments

The Housing Minister suggested it could be a runner – but is Ireland actually allowed to do this?

# housing - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'

Jun 24th 2021, 3:08 PM 17,673 Views 54 Comments

The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.

# housing - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed
# Housing
# Housing

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed

Jun 20th 2021, 1:59 PM 23,350 Views 112 Comments

Yesterday the Tánaiste told the Fine Gael Ard Fhéis that he was setting a target of 70% home-ownership.

# housing - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade
# Ard Fheis
# Ard Fheis

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade

Jun 19th 2021, 6:08 PM 28,300 Views 97 Comments

This would require 40,000 new homes built each year.

Watch: How can we solve the housing crisis?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Watch: How can we solve the housing crisis?

Jun 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 7,072 Views 4 Comments

Our expert panel offered big ideas to solve the housing crisis and answered your questions about landlords, construction and rent.

# housing - Friday 18 June, 2021

'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers

Jun 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 22,064 Views 0 Comments
  • 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.

# housing - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Properties by the coast in Ireland now cost 23% more than before Covid-19 pandemic
# Daft Report
# Daft Report

Properties by the coast in Ireland now cost 23% more than before Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 17th 2021, 6:15 AM 34,728 Views 16 Comments

This compares to a national average increase of just 8.7% in the same period.

# housing - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 12:29 PM 22,169 Views 15 Comments

Six in 10 people are struggling with suicide ideation and half are struggling with self-harm, according to a new survey.

# housing - Monday 14 June, 2021

Dublin City Council passes large land rezone in Finglas despite opposition
# Housing
# Housing

Dublin City Council passes large land rezone in Finglas despite opposition

Jun 14th 2021, 8:49 PM 32,413 Views 27 Comments

The rezoning provides for around 2,200 new residential units, but opposers raised concerns over affordability.

Nearly 60% of Dublin's rough sleepers were using tents in April
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Nearly 60% of Dublin's rough sleepers were using tents in April

Jun 14th 2021, 4:07 PM 9,649 Views 13 Comments

There were 5,806 individuals in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month.

# housing - Saturday 12 June, 2021

Open Thread: We want to hear your rental stories
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Open Thread: We want to hear your rental stories

Updated Jun 12th 2021, 7:40 AM 19,022 Views 59 Comments

We want to hear about your experience of renting and understand what policies and solutions people renting in Ireland would like to see implemented.

'It's not suitable housing for anyone, anywhere': Green light for another co-living development in Dublin despite ban
# Good Information Project
# Good Information Project

'It's not suitable housing for anyone, anywhere': Green light for another co-living development in Dublin despite ban

Jun 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 33,463 Views 60 Comments

A series of co-living developments have been given the go-ahead in Dublin in recent months.

# housing - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters
# Cabinet Plans
# Cabinet Plans

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 1:43 PM 64,913 Views 101 Comments
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet today that will restrict upfront payment demands made by landlords, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
  • The new rules, which will be in place before the next academic year, will ensure that students only have to pay one months' rent at a time.
  • Cabinet has also extended the current Covid-19 protections for renters until January 2022.

# housing - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Ireland's housing crisis: The problems, the solutions and the human cost
# Good Information Project
# Good Information Project

Ireland's housing crisis: The problems, the solutions and the human cost

Jun 8th 2021, 12:10 AM 31,301 Views 68 Comments

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.

# housing - Friday 4 June, 2021

Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing
# Homes
# Homes

Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing

Jun 4th 2021, 3:48 PM 16,052 Views 61 Comments

It would amend Article 43 of the Constitution, which covers private property rights.

# housing - Thursday 3 June, 2021

The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI
# Solutions
# Solutions

The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI

Jun 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 14,373 Views 62 Comments

Ireland faces another decade of rising prices and rents unless the government spends money building homes, the ESRI says.

# housing - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July
# Rent Protections
# Rent Protections

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July

Jun 2nd 2021, 1:06 PM 9,428 Views 23 Comments

Opposition says government must ensure that all renters – not just those that fall under the Covid-19 protections – are not hit with an 8% rent hike.

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled
# Housing
# Housing

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled

Jun 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 32,705 Views 82 Comments

The majority of homeowners will see a €90 increase in their tax bill next year.

# housing - Saturday 29 May, 2021

Opposition parties call for reinstatement of eviction bans as number of homeless people rises in April
# Homeless Figures
# Homeless Figures

Opposition parties call for reinstatement of eviction bans as number of homeless people rises in April

May 29th 2021, 7:10 PM 16,544 Views 49 Comments

Labour’s Housing spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has called for Minister Darragh O’Brien to reinstate the eviction ban.

# housing - Friday 28 May, 2021

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 87,963 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.

# housing - Thursday 27 May, 2021

Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades
# Housing
# Housing

Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades

May 27th 2021, 6:30 AM 12,570 Views 45 Comments

The commission will examine issues such as tenure, standards, and sustainability in he housing sector.

# housing - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year
# Housing
# Housing

Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year

May 26th 2021, 6:10 AM 8,119 Views 7 Comments

The type of residential units subject to commencement has seen a “substantial shift” towards housing over apartments.

# housing - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

Banks sitting on hundreds of vacant properties as pressure ramps up on government to get radical
# Vacant Properties
# Vacant Properties

Banks sitting on hundreds of vacant properties as pressure ramps up on government to get radical

May 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 61,186 Views 64 Comments
  • Three of the country's main banks have around 600 vacant properties on their books, Christina Finn writes.
  • The Peter McVerry Trust says anything that can be done to bring vacant properties back into use should be done.

# housing - Saturday 22 May, 2021

Quiz: How much do you know about cuckoos and vultures?
# Birdbrained
# Birdbrained

Quiz: How much do you know about cuckoos and vultures?

May 22nd 2021, 10:00 PM 32,840 Views 5 Comments

Don’t get in a flap about this.

# housing - Thursday 20 May, 2021

Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told
# Housing
# Housing

Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told

May 20th 2021, 2:06 PM 15,733 Views 58 Comments

Doherty read out some personal testimonies into the Dáil record from people who say they will never be able to save to buy their own home.

# housing - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Taoiseach to give statement next week on travel, entertainment, sport and hotel quarantine for June and July
# Summertime
# Summertime

Taoiseach to give statement next week on travel, entertainment, sport and hotel quarantine for June and July

May 19th 2021, 9:47 PM 29,376 Views 25 Comments

A plan for the aviation sector will also be ready by the end of the month.