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# department of housing

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Homelessness record broken again as 13,179 people in emergency accommodation in October
The figure includes 3,911 children.
This month
November 2023
Govt warned house prices will continue to rise if supply isn't met as prices increase 1.4%
Latest data from the CSO revealed that house prices increased by 1.4% in the last 12 months since September.
Last month
October 2023
Documents reveal 'desperate' pleas among government departments to house asylum seekers
Newly released emails show the strain on department officials last January.
Pharmacists to be allowed dispense some medicines, including the pill, without GP prescription
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will bring the proposal before Cabinet this morning to help alleviate pressure on GPs.
September 2023
'A cashflow problem': Peter McVerry says he hopes donors aren't 'put off' by regulator inspection
The homelessness campaigner said the trust’s homeless services won’t be impacted by the investigation.
Housing charity regulator appoints financial inspectors to Peter McVerry Trust
The housing and homelessness charity notified the regulator of ‘financial and governance’ issues at the organisation in July.
Sinn Féin questions whether affordable housing target on track based on latest figures
The minister hopes that delivery will ramp up towards the end of the year.
Housing Minister condemns assault of woman in Dublin homeless hostel by staff member
The minister said he was not aware of the incident prior to today.
Darragh O'Brien tells Cabinet that the Government will hit or exceed its target for new homes this year
First-time buyer mortgage approvals are up almost 23% this year compared to 2022.
This year
Homelessness record broken again as 12,441 people in emergency accommodation in May
The figures include 3,699 children.
Government wants public's view on what a 'fully functioning' rental sector should look like
The review is intended to inform policy changes around the rental sector.
Dozens more inspectors needed to tackle the 'wicked problem' of farm water pollution
The report found there to be just 11 full-time equivalent council staff for farm inspections across the country.
Irish Refugee Council has 'grave concerns' for safety of asylum seekers living in tents
The council said it is “no longer tenable” for those living in tents to not be offered supports ‘because of their status and country of origin”.
'I think we'd be confident': Housing Dept expects to hit overall housing targets in 2023
Concerns have also been raised about the Government’s publication of housing figures yesterday.
Taoiseach accused of being 'smug' as Labour and FG trade blows on housing record
It comes a day after the Department of Housing released new figures on social housing construction.
Applications for 94 cost-rental apartments in Delgany to open tomorrow
Rent for the apartments will start at €1,220 for a one-bed unit.
Housing crisis: Almost 12,000 in emergency accommodation in February, latest figures show
This is the first time in eight months where homeless figures have fallen.
Cork eviction ban meeting told of woman, 78, given notice to quit after 63 years in family home
People facing eviction were present at the meeting, including a man who said he doesn’t know what to tell his six-year-old.
ESB ‘being given free pass’ to divert water without ecological assessments
An Taisce expert says new legislation that impacts rivers and lakes used for hydroelectricity is ‘categorically unlawful’.
'Death by a thousand cuts': Hydropower killing, injuring and trapping fish by the tonne
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
Noteworthy investigates barriers along the River Shannon as deaths recorded at ESB stations and salmon hatcheries.
Huge declines in fish stocks have occurred over the last century
Fish passes on many rivers are not fit for purpose, with experts calling for removal of obsolete barriers
Ecologists and community members are lamenting decades of government and ESB inaction
'Most of the paint' removed from Hill of Tara stone after vandalism, says OPW
The stone was vandalised earlier in the week and graffitied with the word ‘fake’ in blue paint.
Initial social housing targets not met as Housing Department revises new builds to approx 7,500
The Department of Housing has cast doubt on figures issued in an official briefing note to Minister Paschal Donohoe.
Government wants to make judicial reviews 'a waste of time' as part of planning law changes
The Planning and Development Bill will introduce changes to the way judicial reviews are brought.
Last year
FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021
Homelessness: Record high of 10,975 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,633 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of September.
'I nearly fell off my chair': Dublin apartment owners face €68,000 fire defects bill
As many as 100,000 homes across the country may be impacted by fire safety or water ingress issues.
Final report on Celtic Tiger era apartment defects to be sent to minister
As many as 100,000 apartments and duplexes may be affected by these issues.
Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'
A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on by TDs tonight.
A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on tonight
These could cause 'serious legal issues', with one 'incompatible' with EU law, a solicitor told Noteworthy
Changes criticised by politicians and environmental NGOs but welcomed by construction industry
Irish Water to be rebranded as Uisce Éireann as part of split from parent body
Irish Water is currently a subsidiary of semi-state company Ervia.
Number of homeless people up for fifth month in a row to 10,325
There are 3,028 children in emergency accommodation.
'At best unfruitful and at worst a waste': Charities hit out at changes to Fair Deal scheme
The Government changed the Fair Deal Scheme hoping to bring 8,000 properties onto the rental market.
The Government introduced changes to the Fair Deal Scheme hoping to bring 8,000 properties onto the rental market.
Alone is set to tell TDs this afternoon that the private rental market does not serve older people at present.
Issues around 'rightsizing' will also be raised, with older people unable to access finance to move into smaller houses.
Cabinet approves Fair Deal rule change in order to bring thousands of vacant houses back into use
Over 9,000 in emergency accommodation in November, as figures rise for the sixth month running
Homelessness is highest in Dublin, with 4,568 adults in emergency accommodation being reported.
All time
'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across the country.
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across Ireland
Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald reveals hepatitis A outbreak likely caused by unsanitary conditions at site
Children speak about living in overcrowded trailers, waking up freezing and having no green space to play
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation
Noteworthy takes a deep dive into the funding issues that resulted in poor resourcing of housing projects.
Talks to resume next month on transfer of local authority staff to Irish Water
Discussions took place during the summer and they are set to resume again in mid-October.
Move to restrict legal cases against planning proposals provokes nearly 300 complaints
An Taisce were among more than a dozen environmental groups to object to the proposals.
Ireland's planning system to go digital within 18 months
“It is hoped that planning authorities will have the ability to accept planning applications online by end 2022.”
Limerick suburbs to receive 38 new social housing units by end of the year
The Peter McVerry Trust, Limerick City Council and County Council are to deliver the new homes to the areas of Moyross and Southill.
Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?
Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.