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No guarantee construction will resume on 5 April, says Housing Minister
# Housing
# Housing

No guarantee construction will resume on 5 April, says Housing Minister

5 hours ago 13,872 Views 49 Comments

While Taoiseach Micheal Martin has targeted 5 April for the return of the building sector, O’Brien conceded on Friday that he cannot guarantee that.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Dáil to debate Sinn Féin's motion on scrapping scheme which it says 'will not make homes more affordable'
# Shared Equity Scheme
# Shared Equity Scheme

Dáil to debate Sinn Féin's motion on scrapping scheme which it says 'will not make homes more affordable'

Wed 8:52 AM 19,124 Views 72 Comments

The Minister for Housing, however, has said the scheme will help young prospective homeowners out of a “rental trap”.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 26 February, 2021

Progress made in reducing homeless figures at start of pandemic now being eroded, charities say
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Progress made in reducing homeless figures at start of pandemic now being eroded, charities say

Feb 26th 2021, 3:19 PM 7,457 Views 13 Comments

The latest figures show that there were 8,313 men, women and children in emergency accommodation in January.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister

Jan 27th 2021, 5:08 PM 24,426 Views 55 Comments

The lockdown will mean housing targets could be off by between 6,500 and 7,000 new homes,

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 7 January, 2021

Buying or renting? Viewings now only allowed in person 'when contracts are being drawn up'
# Property
# Property

Buying or renting? Viewings now only allowed in person 'when contracts are being drawn up'

Jan 7th 2021, 1:32 PM 45,847 Views 36 Comments

The new guidance was issued by the Department of Housing last night.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 3 January, 2021

Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election
# Holding Firm
# Holding Firm

Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election

Jan 3rd 2021, 7:51 AM 30,856 Views 45 Comments

The Taoiseach also ruled out the prospect of any Fianna Fáil ministerial reshuffle in the near future.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Six new fire stations to be built across the country as part of €61 million government scheme
# Funding
# Funding

Six new fire stations to be built across the country as part of €61 million government scheme

Dec 29th 2020, 2:14 PM 35,682 Views 21 Comments

The Fire Service Capital Programme will also upgrade a number of stations.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 24 December, 2020

Let's regulate short-term let platforms like Airbnb before tourism kicks back in, says housing minister
# Interview
# Interview

Let's regulate short-term let platforms like Airbnb before tourism kicks back in, says housing minister

Dec 24th 2020, 6:30 PM 23,105 Views 31 Comments

Housing and tourism departments are in discussions about platform regulations.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 18 December, 2020

New affordable housing plan will see State take 30% stake in homes of first-time buyers
# Housing
# Housing

New affordable housing plan will see State take 30% stake in homes of first-time buyers

Dec 18th 2020, 6:57 PM 52,649 Views 39 Comments

The affordable housing scheme will go to Cabinet next week.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 4 December, 2020

Action promised on rental overcrowding after 'shocking' Prime Time investigation
# Cramped
# Cramped

Action promised on rental overcrowding after 'shocking' Prime Time investigation

Dec 4th 2020, 11:48 AM 32,952 Views 75 Comments

The revelations prompted a strong reaction online.

# darragh-obrien - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet

Nov 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,774 Views 7 Comments

Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.

# darragh-obrien - Monday 23 November, 2020

Housing Minister issues de-facto ban on new co-living developments
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Housing Minister issues de-facto ban on new co-living developments

Nov 23rd 2020, 11:15 AM 34,522 Views 42 Comments

O’Brien said the number of applications and permissions in Ireland are “comparatively high in the international context”.

# darragh-obrien - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Irish zoos to get €1.6 million bump in funding after campaign to save Dublin Zoo gathers massive support
# Zoo Funding
# Zoo Funding

Irish zoos to get €1.6 million bump in funding after campaign to save Dublin Zoo gathers massive support

Nov 21st 2020, 12:59 PM 30,529 Views 42 Comments

During the week over €2 million was raised in an appeal to support Dublin Zoo.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Over a quarter of counties have drawn down no funding for Traveller accommodation this year
# Housing
# Housing

Over a quarter of counties have drawn down no funding for Traveller accommodation this year

Oct 27th 2020, 5:38 PM 35,124 Views 0 Comments

Less than half of funding allocated to Traveller accommodation has been drawn down this year to date.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 23 October, 2020

Bill preventing evictions from taking place during Level 5 passes all Oireachtas stages
# Renting
# Renting

Bill preventing evictions from taking place during Level 5 passes all Oireachtas stages

Oct 23rd 2020, 4:32 PM 16,198 Views 21 Comments

The Bill will now be sent to the President for early signature.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

O'Brien says 'blanket' eviction ban to take effect while government will engage with banks on mortgage breaks
# Level 5
# Level 5

O'Brien says 'blanket' eviction ban to take effect while government will engage with banks on mortgage breaks

Oct 20th 2020, 9:16 AM 20,059 Views 42 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said today that engaging with the banks on mortgage breaks is the “least the minister of finance should do”.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

New cost rental scheme will mean tenants could pay 25% to 30% below market rents, says minister
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

New cost rental scheme will mean tenants could pay 25% to 30% below market rents, says minister

Oct 14th 2020, 7:28 PM 32,195 Views 47 Comments

The cost rental scheme will deliver 400 homes.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Minister blames Covid as just 725 social housing units built in first half of this year
# Housing
# Housing

Minister blames Covid as just 725 social housing units built in first half of this year

Oct 7th 2020, 2:16 PM 14,882 Views 33 Comments

Opposition TDs have spoken of their “shock”.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

It would be unfair to restore PUP for one cohort of workers and not others, says minister
# SUPPORTS
# SUPPORTS

It would be unfair to restore PUP for one cohort of workers and not others, says minister

Sep 22nd 2020, 7:33 PM 27,859 Views 35 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said the money will have to be paid back.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 3 September, 2020

Co-living developer seeks meeting with housing minister over 'sustained misinformed public commentary'
# Housing
# Housing

Co-living developer seeks meeting with housing minister over 'sustained misinformed public commentary'

Sep 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 23,960 Views 40 Comments

The request comes as the minister carries out a review on whether co-living developments should be banned.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 28 August, 2020

Homeless figures rise in July amid warnings about end of eviction ban and rent freeze
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Homeless figures rise in July amid warnings about end of eviction ban and rent freeze

Updated Aug 28th 2020, 4:26 PM 15,210 Views 25 Comments

It reverses a trend that saw the number of homeless people fall in recent months.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 2 August, 2020

Locals oppose co-living development in Dublin's north inner city as government review 'probably' ready in September
# Shared Living
# Shared Living

Locals oppose co-living development in Dublin's north inner city as government review 'probably' ready in September

Aug 2nd 2020, 12:05 AM 35,312 Views 44 Comments

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has said the review into co-living “won’t go on forever”.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 31 July, 2020

Homeless figures drop for fifth month in a row but charities warn government's actions may reverse this trend
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Homeless figures drop for fifth month in a row but charities warn government's actions may reverse this trend

Jul 31st 2020, 3:56 PM 8,631 Views 12 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said that the number of people homeless is still “simply too high”.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'

Jul 21st 2020, 12:35 PM 35,898 Views 53 Comments

Minister Darragh O’Brien said Covid-related construction delays has seriously impacted on new build construction.

# darragh-obrien - Monday 20 July, 2020

Rent freeze and eviction ban extended to 1 August
# Frozen
# Frozen

Rent freeze and eviction ban extended to 1 August

Updated Jul 20th 2020, 9:07 PM 28,814 Views 57 Comments

The emergency measure mean tenants cannot be forced to leave a property, and rent increases are prohibited.

'We must solve these problems now': Plans to help families at risk of home repossession post-Covid criticised
# Repossessions
# Repossessions

'We must solve these problems now': Plans to help families at risk of home repossession post-Covid criticised

Jul 20th 2020, 6:10 AM 11,768 Views 12 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin has said the establishment of a non-judicial court would help to support families at risk of repossession.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Rent freeze to be extended beyond 20 July
# Extended
# Extended

Rent freeze to be extended beyond 20 July

Jul 16th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,634 Views 48 Comments

It is understood a memo will go to Cabinet on Monday to approve the measures.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 12 July, 2020

State plans to buy up Airbnb properties, says Housing Minister
# Interview
# Interview

State plans to buy up Airbnb properties, says Housing Minister

Jul 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 75,730 Views 101 Comments

In a wide-ranging interview, the minister said his department is drawing up a detailed submission which will seek to acquire properties.

# darragh-obrien - Friday 10 July, 2020

Housing minister says he wants to extend rent freeze and ban on evictions - but not indefinitely
# Renters
# Renters

Housing minister says he wants to extend rent freeze and ban on evictions - but not indefinitely

Jul 10th 2020, 8:33 PM 18,467 Views 49 Comments

The final decision will be made by Cabinet in the coming days.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Housing minister to consult on whether rent freeze should be extended beyond 20 July
# Evictions Ban
# Evictions Ban

Housing minister to consult on whether rent freeze should be extended beyond 20 July

Jul 8th 2020, 5:11 PM 13,298 Views 21 Comments

Tenants cannot be evicted and rent increases are prohibited for the duration of the crisis.

# darragh-obrien - Thursday 2 July, 2020

'Significant public interest': Green Party TD calls for release of 2015 report into Donegal planning irregularities
# Donegal
# Donegal

'Significant public interest': Green Party TD calls for release of 2015 report into Donegal planning irregularities

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:00 AM 24,004 Views 22 Comments

The report was first submitted to former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in June 2017,

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

'A lot of people are stuck in a rip-off rental trap': New minister promises affordable housing scheme
# Property Ladder
# Property Ladder

'A lot of people are stuck in a rip-off rental trap': New minister promises affordable housing scheme

Jun 30th 2020, 11:08 AM 36,349 Views 135 Comments

Darragh O’Brien said he wants to ensure houses ranging in price from €160,000 to €250,000 will be available.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 1 March, 2020

Housing dept 'utterly rejects' criticism of homeless figures amid claims of 'pre-election manipulation'
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Housing dept 'utterly rejects' criticism of homeless figures amid claims of 'pre-election manipulation'

Mar 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 25,013 Views 29 Comments

The number of people homeless in December 2019 dipped below 10,000 before rising above that figure again in January 2020.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

'Extended and not capped': Fianna Fáil insists help-to-buy scheme must be continued in Budget negotiation talks
# Budget 2020
# Budget 2020

'Extended and not capped': Fianna Fáil insists help-to-buy scheme must be continued in Budget negotiation talks

Sep 18th 2019, 9:08 AM 9,176 Views 17 Comments

Budget talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to intensify in the coming weeks.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Murphy insists funding for first-time-buyer loan scheme 'has not run out'
# First Time Buyers
# First Time Buyers

Murphy insists funding for first-time-buyer loan scheme 'has not run out'

Mar 6th 2019, 1:19 PM 15,464 Views 39 Comments

Concerns had been that funds for the government’s Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme have run out.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 11 November, 2018

'Serious blockages in planning' due to staff shortages at An Bord Pleanála
# Planning Permission
# Planning Permission

'Serious blockages in planning' due to staff shortages at An Bord Pleanála

Nov 11th 2018, 2:20 PM 12,536 Views 20 Comments

According to its latest report, the body’s workload has grown by 19% year on year since 2016.

# darragh-obrien - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

It could become a criminal offence to recklessly endanger emergency workers during a status red warning
# Draft Legislation
# Draft Legislation

It could become a criminal offence to recklessly endanger emergency workers during a status red warning

Oct 17th 2017, 10:12 AM 29,962 Views 121 Comments

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Darragh O’Brien is writing draft legislation.

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 23 September, 2015

Another by-election on the way as Senator Jimmy Harte resigns
# Labour
# Labour

Another by-election on the way as Senator Jimmy Harte resigns

Sep 23rd 2015, 5:20 PM 15,154 Views 29 Comments

The Donegal senator sustained serious head injuries in an accidental fall nearly two years ago.

# darragh-obrien - Sunday 23 August, 2015

Fianna Fáil's next leader, from most to least likely
# After Micheál
# After Micheál

Fianna Fáil's next leader, from most to least likely

Aug 23rd 2015, 10:00 PM 33,624 Views 113 Comments

Micheál Martin is safe for now but who’s in the running to replace him? Here’s our ranking of the contenders…

# darragh-obrien - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Alan Kelly is under big pressure to come back from his 'holidays'
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Alan Kelly is under big pressure to come back from his 'holidays'

Aug 12th 2015, 4:45 PM 29,748 Views 164 Comments

The Environment Minister is “not around” but continues to be contactable “at all times”, the department said.

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