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# Housing Crisis

Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Record high number of children in emergency accommodation, August figures show
Officials have stated there was an error in processing recent homelessness data.
Focus Ireland recorded 30% increase in service users last year as homelessness rose
Around 16,000 people used the charity’s services in 2022, rising from 12,300 the previous year.
Average price of 3-bed semi in Ireland breaches €300,000 for first time since 2007
The latest REA index shows that high interest rates are pushing first-time buyers out of Dublin.
Last month
September 2023
Cian O'Callaghan: We need 10,000 new affordable purchase & rental homes built every year
The Social Democrats’ housing spokesperson outlines the challenges in housing and the measures that would make an immediate difference.
Sinn Féin says government is 'out of touch' as party calls for mortgage interest relief
The party is calling for supports for mortgage holders who have faced steep increases in repayments over the last year.
Government says price potential increases always considered as First Home scheme is extended
The scheme, which helps first-time buyers to purchase a home, is being extended to properties built by site owners for personal use.
Minister pushes for expansion of rent tax credit and tweak of eligibility criteria for students
The Minister for Higher Education has highlighted a discrepancy in accessing the rent tax credit for students.
Minister says Govt 'under real pressure' to accommodate refugees in coming months
Roderic O’Gorman said a significant increase in arrivals “particularly on the Ukrainian side” is putting additional pressure on accommodation.
Students block access to Book of Kells in protest against Trinity College rent hike
The college has called the protest “counter-productive”, while some tourists expressed disappointment.
Housing Minister says change in how landlords are taxed is 'urgent' and 'crucial'
O’Brien has also restated his desire to expand the renters tax credit in the Budget.
'Unforgiveable': Over 3,500 council-owned houses are vacant, new figures show
Peader Tóibín said his party believe this is “unforgivable” during a national housing shortage.
Government hopes to bring homes into use with new vacant property tax
A vacant homes tax will be set at three times the local property tax to provoke owners to sell or rent.
'It has stunted my life': Readers share their experiences of adults living with their parents
A report by
Mairead Maguire
We asked readers to share their stories, and heard from both adults living at home and parents whose kids have moved back in.
Greens housing spokesperson: 'There's opposition to what we're doing, even within Government'
Francis Noel Duffy doesn’t believe the eviction ban should be reinstated, saying that doing so would be akin to “a communist state”.
August 2023
Under one roof: We want to hear your stories of adults living with their parents
We want to find out how young adults feel about living at home, and what it’s like for parents whose adult children haven’t flown the nest yet – here’s how you can take part.
Tax breaks for landlords to be examined in Budget alongside renters’ tax credit, says minister
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said recently that he is pushing for tax breaks for small landlords in October’s Budget.
Dr Rory Hearne: 'As a lecturer, I can see what the accommodation crisis is doing to students'
With huge shortages of accommodation before the new term, the housing expert says students are at the front line of the housing crisis.
Housing Minister says he wants to see renters' tax credit increased in Budget
The tax credit was introduced in last year’s Budget and is set to remain in place until 2025.
Swords tenants resisting eviction by €6bn real estate fund include kids and woman who has cancer
“We know now, that they can’t just put us out on the street without a court order,” one mum living in the apartments said.
‘A joke’: Planning decision 14 months overdue for first phase of 1,000 home Meath development
A planning application was submitted to Meath County Council for the first phase of the Boyne Village development in May 2021.
Student Accommodation: Landlords join calls for caution and blame 'unfavourable conditions' for scarcity
Three separate warnings have been issued in the last week, as availability of student accommodation continues to dwindle.
House prices falling in Dublin but rising in the rest of the country
New figures from the CSO show that property prices in the capital fell in the last 12 months.
Opposition decries 'failure' in housing over vast number of young adults living at home
68% of 25 to 29-year-olds are still living with their parents, well above the EU average.
Dublin families face homelessness after no-fault eviction notices from €6bn real estate group
After ten years living in the same apartment, Jekaterina now has nowhere to go after getting an eviction notice.
Student accommodation dash: Scarce rooms, few protections and potential scams
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
A warning from the CCPC is paired with a severe lack of affordable student accommodation in Ireland’s four largest student towns.
Gardaí have reported a 65% increase in accommodation scams in recent years.
A USI spokesperson described the lack of available accomodation as "absolutely insane".
Dublin City Council chief criticised for suggesting UCD SU should build houses to fix shortage
'We're outraged, we're frustrated: Students to sleep outside Dáil to highlight accommodation crisis
Taoiseach unsure if housing referendum will take place within this Government
Varadkar said that a housing amendment to the constitution should not allow people on the housing list to seek compensation.
July 2023
Mass eviction of Tathony House tenants ruled invalid by RTB
Tenants ran a months-long campaign to prevent the eviction of nearly 100 people, which they claimed was illegal.
'Clear and unambiguous' laws needed to prohibit rent for sex
An RTÉ Prime Time investigation found male landlords asking women for “special arrangements”.
Most local authorities didn't collect any of the Derelict Sites Levy in 2022
A report by
Jamie McCarron
14 local authorities didn’t impose any levy on the owners of over 300 derelict sites across the country.
50 properties available to rent for people accessing HAP in June
The Simon Communities of Ireland’s report found there was an increase in properties available to rent around the country.
Opinion: 'On the front lines of the housing crisis and we get gaslighting from the Taoiseach'
James O’Toole says when you’ve deprived thousands of people of homes for years, it’s no wonder some are saying no to unsuitable offerings.
Vigil held in memory of the 402 homeless people who died in Dublin since 2018
Organised by the political party Aontú, the vigil was attended by family members of some of those who have died.
Varadkar says his comment about people refusing social housing was 'misrepresented'
The Taoiseach has come under fire for saying that lots of people in emergency accommodation “refuse multiple offers to go on social housing”.
Government criticised for giving housing update during Tubridy hearings
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó’Broin has said the timing was “a cynical attempt to bury what is pretty bad news”.
Taoiseach stresses 'progress' on housing as he defends lifting of eviction ban
The government has today announced a €150mn fund to tackle long-term property vacancy and dereliction which it says will help expand housing supply.
No evidence that homelessness figures will fall in future, says Peter McVerry
The number of people in emergency accommodation reached a record high once again this week.
June 2023
Homelessness record broken again as 12,441 people in emergency accommodation in May
The figures include 3,699 children.
Cost of new rents shot up at end of last year, with Co Longford hardest hit
Eoin Ó Broin said the figures show continued Government failure on housing.
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.
Galway council to write to advertising watchdog over Airbnb posts in rent pressure zone
The city’s housing availability comes under significant pressure at this time of year, locals say.