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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Minister for Housing

This year
# Minister for Housing
Government haven't yet decided to extend eviction ban despite record homelessness, says O'Brien
A new record high of 11,632 people are homeless, according to the latest official figure.
Last year
# no room
Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support
With few accessible options on the private rental market, little support is available for disabled people who fall outside social housing threshold.
# An Bord Pleanála
Review of certain An Bord Pleanála decisions 'needs to be done quickly' as deputy chair steps back temporarily
Paul Hyde, who has been in the role since 2019, has denied the allegations.
All time
# level 5
O'Brien says 'blanket' eviction ban to take effect while government will engage with banks on mortgage breaks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said today that engaging with the banks on mortgage breaks is the “least the minister of finance should do”.
# Dublin Bay South
Outgoing housing minister Eoghan Murphy re-elected in Dublin at expense of colleague Kate O'Connell
Murphy failed to meet the quota, but was elected at the expense of his colleague Kate O’Connell.
Opinion: 10% of homeless families have been made homeless for a second time
Families exiting homelessness are increasingly accommodated in the private rental sector. But if the landlord decides to sell up – the family becomes homeless again, writes Wayne Stanley.
# New Laws
Landlords who evict tenants because they want to sell or renovate a property could face tough sanctions
The Government proposals aim to increase the rights of tenants in the rental market.
'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance
Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
# Homelessness
More homeless families living in hotels, despite Government claim that hubs are 'best response' to crisis
More families are continuing to live in hotels a year after the government pledged to end the practice.
# War of Words
Murphy attacks Sinn Féin 'stunt' as no confidence motion submitted against Housing Minister
Sinn Féin has submitted motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, but it won’t have Fianna Fáil backing.
# Dublin
Plans for hundreds of 'cost rental' homes at St Michael's Estate in Inchicore
A new 12,000-seater stadium for St Patrick’s Athletic is now almost certain not to go ahead.
# hold up
'Slight delay' in publishing Ireland's latest homeless numbers shows new form of reporting is needed, says minister
Some local authorities appear to be better than others in terms of sending their numbers to the Department of Housing.
# Renting
'I don't see why not': Jail time could be the penalty for substandard accommodation
“We’re talking about criminals who are abusing people’s human rights,” the Housing Minister said earlier today.
# homeless family
'Will they think we're scum?': Homeless school student opens up about living in a hotel
A family spoke to RTE’s Morning Ireland about being homeless.
# Housing Crisis
'Row in behind' homelessness action plan urges Simon Community
The Cabinet will discuss plans to tackle the homelessness crisis this morning.
# Expenses
SF condemns €17,205 pay boost for Labour junior minister
The government has given Jan O’Sullivan a pay raise in line with her status as a ‘super-junior’ minister with a seat at Cabinet.
# Ghost Estates
Ghost estates could be used for social housing - Minister
It will be a long process but the Minister wants to look at using so-called ghost estates for much needed social housing.