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# Housing

Last year
FactCheck: Has Sinn Féin objected to the construction of 6,000 houses?
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The claim has repeatedly been made by the Taoiseach.
The claim has repeatedly been made by the Taoiseach in the Dáil during debates on housing.
Fianna Fáil cited 24 motions on housing across five different local authorities as evidence for the claim.
Government party's councillors voted the same way as their opposition counterparts in some votes, Stephen McDermott writes.
# fine gael ministers
FactCheck: Was a Fine Gael junior minister right to say one in four SHDs are subject to judicial review?
Peter Burke made the claim on RTÉ radio.
# Housing
Independent working group to examine defects in apartments and duplexes
Problems with fire safety, structural safety and water ingress in purpose-built apartment and duplex buildings are being scrutinised.
# Housing
90 per cent of rental properties unavailable to HAP recipients
Just five properties were available within standard HAP limits for a couple or one parent and one child.
# South Dublin
Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines earmarked as potential site for 1,000 new homes
A feasibility study will examine the potential use of the site,
# Housing
Taoiseach says housing crisis won't be solved in one year, but report shows progress being made
Government has published the second quarterly update of the Housing for All plan.
# Housing
Highest number of mortgages drawn down last year since 2009
Mortgages drawn down in 2021 were worth a total of €10.5 billion, the highest value since 2008.
# Housing
State has a role in 'de-risking' refurb of vacant homes for buyers, committee to be told
Housing committee to be told the costs of dereliction and vacancy in our cities, towns and villages “are very high in societal terms”.
# Housing
Revised mortgage-to-rent scheme to help more people in arrears to stay in their homes
Homeowners will have an option to purchase their home back at the price the State paid for it.
# rural ireland
Old schools, cinemas and vacant buildings to be re-vamped into work hubs and community spaces
The aim of the funding is to target dereliction in towns and villages in rural Ireland.
# Housing
Planning permission granted for 667 apartments in south Dublin despite local opposition
Over 165 objections were lodged against the scheme for the former Jesuit lands at Milltown Park.
# Housing
Landlords selling up account for almost one in four home sales
Average house prices rose by 2.24% nationally in the last three months of year, slower than increases recorded earlier in the year.
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# Mica redress
Housing shortages will increase challenges with mica redress scheme, Taoiseach says
He said some people will have to seek alternative accommodation while homes affected are being replaced and repaired.
# Housing
Reliance on institutional investors in social housing overstated, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin insisted the state remained the key driver in providing homes.
# Emergency Accommodation
'Children are afraid Santa won't find them': Homeless families face 'traumatic' Christmas
Over 2,500 children in Ireland are currently homeless.
# biggest regret
'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months
This government plans to go all the way, Micheál Martin tells Political Correspondent Christina Finn.
The Taoiseach says they shut down construction as the government wanted to be 'ruthless' in dealing with the Alpha variant wave, reports Christina Finn.
Martin said it is his 'desire not to' ever close down construction again.
There will be a renewed effort on ramping up bed capacity in 2022, he says.
Fianna Fáil's message to itself: Deliver housing now or face extinction at the next election
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
# country living
Guidelines for building one-off homes in rural Ireland to be published 'imminently'
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says the updated plan will be published in early January.
# Housing
'Don't despair': Housing Minister on his 'radical' plans to solve Ireland's housing issues
State-backed mortgages, Airbnb regulations, and new law needed for Mica scheme – Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien tells The Journal that people shouldn’t despair about housing.
Grant schemes are under consideration for the buying and refurbishment of above shop units as well as vacant properties around the country, the housing minister tells Christina Finn.
New regulations have been signed that will increase first-time buyers income ceiling for the local authority home-loans to €65,000 for single people.
Minister says he's "frustrated with the pace" with the pace of progress in regulating short-term let platforms.
DCC says 'no low hanging fruit' when it comes to vacant houses in the capital
Vacant property tax to be introduced next year in a bid to get empty homes back on the market
# Housing
DCC says 'no low hanging fruit' when it comes to vacant houses in the capital
The Deputy Chief Executive of the council says the assumption that there are over 30,000 plus vacant units in Dublin City needs to be diffused.
# Dublin
Complaints from people staying in Dublin homeless hostels jump from 34 in 2020 to 122 in 2021
The complaints related to drug use in the facilities, alleged bullying and blood stains on bed sheets.
The complaints related to drug use, alleged bullying and conditions in the facilities, Órla Ryan reports
A number of people reported being harassed or attacked by other residents
One person said the bed covers in their hostel were "covered in blood"
Opinion: Steps were taken to reduce homelessness during Covid - we shouldn't lose momentum
# bpfi
Average deposit for first-time buyers exceeded €52,000 in first half of 2021
Mover-purchases had to pay €135,000 for a deposit in the same period.
# South Dublin
Developer seeks High Court injunction against challenge to Killiney development
Atlas has permission to build 255 residential units and a childcare facility at Church Road in Killiney..
# mica
Mica campaigners say average homeowner will have to pay €65,000 under redress scheme
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty today told the government to “go back to the drawing board”.
# Homelessness
Nearly 9,000 in emergency accommodation in October as 'worrying' upwards trend continues
2,500 children were living in emergency accommodation last month.
# Housing
Too many three-bed homes and not enough one-beds is one of Ireland’s big housing problems - Varadkar
Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns accused the government of overseeing a cost-of-living crisis in Ireland.
# Dublin City Council
Criticism of Council vote in favour of approving Oscar Traynor development in north Dublin
The 850-home development was rejected by councillors before, but has been approved after the proportion of social homes increased.
# Rent cap
New bill will cap rent increases at 2% in Rent Pressure Zones and bring in unlimited-term tenancies
The new legislation also proposes to provide enhanced tenancy protection by making a ‘Part 4’ tenancy one of unlimited duration.
# 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.
Developer of 1,600 units open to leasing to DCC despite council's 'alarm' at build-to-rent scheme
There has been much local opposition to a scheme in Drumcondra, which was approved this week.
# cuckoo funds
Housing minister has had no discussions about cuckoo fund trade shows, says Dept
The Department of Finance has said the Housing for All plan states that it will engage with institutional investors, including through trade show events.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you struggle to pay your rent?
A new report shows rental homes available in Ireland have hit an ‘all-time low’.
# Housing
Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland
It was reported at the weekend that two ministers may attend housing ‘roadshows’.
# student options
There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.
# Rent cap
Housing minister set to bring rent cap legislation to Cabinet
Darragh O’Brien said that the proposed legislation will be brought to a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday.
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.
# Rent cap
Govt accused of making 'dog's dinner' of rental crisis, as new rent cap law not ready until November
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said inflation is now running at over 4.3%.
# Profile
From 'Traffic Tsar' to 'sarcastic' chief executive: Who is Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan?
Protesters and politicians called on the council chief to resign this week.
# accommodation crisis
Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan apologises for 'sarcastic' comment to Students' Union
Owen Keegan came under heavy fire after saying that students’ unions should become developers to fix the accommodation crisis.
# budget 2022
New zoned land tax branded a 'total joke' by opposition TDs
The tax was announced by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe this afternoon and will replace the vacant sites levy.
# Homelessness
'Unofficial money lenders' targeting people in queues at soup runs
A number of people who work or volunteer in the homelessness sector have raised concerns about the “worrying trend”.
Concerns have been raised about so-called “unofficial money lenders” targeting people as they queue in soup runs
A number of people who work or volunteer in the homelessness sector have warned about the "worrying trend"
People borrow small amounts of cash but are charged around 40% in interest, Órla Ryan reports
Dublin's homelessness authority to crack down on 'unofficial' services after ICHH scandal