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# housing for all

Last 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.
This year
50,000 new recruits needed in construction sector to meet Government's Housing for All targets
A ‘narrow perceived image’ of the construction industry is harming efforts to recruit new entrants, particularly women and young people.
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”.
Population rise from Census to feed into increase in Government's housing targets
The latest data from the census shows that Ireland’s population has hit close to 5.15 million.
'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.
Leo Varadkar: Housing constraints would impact whoever is in Government
Varadkar cited the rising cost of building materials as an issue.
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
Govt failed to hit revised social housing targets last year as concerns raised for 2023
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Public Expenditure estimates that only 6,500 social homes were built in 2022.
Housing targets expected to be revised upwards as Govt considers buying up apartments
The summit comes as homelessness figures broke new records for the fifth month in a row.
Last year
Taoiseach to meet experts in housing in the coming weeks as Govt attempt to kick-start acceleration plan
So are we heading Housing for All 2.0?
Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
The housing expert says waiting for the market to fix the housing crisis is ‘like waiting for Godot’ – he’s calling on everyone to join the Raise the Roof protest.
Small landlords to be offered up to €10,000 in tax breaks for retrofitting properties
A new scheme will allow landlords to write off expenses for retrofitting rental homes while the tenant remains there.
Government still €2bn behind annual expenditure target for housing as end of year approaches
Critics say shortfalls show Housing For All goals won’t be reached this year
Government to review private rental market as housing targets set to be exceeded
The review of the rental market is expected to be completed before Budget 2024.
'A total disaster': Varadkar criticised over comments saying Govt needs 'another go' at housing
Labour’s Rebecca Moynihan was critical of the Tánaiste, calling for him to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and deliver.
Grants now available of up to €50,000 to refurbish derelict and vacant homes
The Croí Cónaithe Fund was launched as part of the government’s Housing for All strategy.
Government's €400 million shared equity scheme for first-time buyers now open for applications
The scheme aims to help people secure a home by providing part of the purchase price of the dwelling in return for a minority equity stake.
HAP discretion rate changes for the first time in 6 years, increasing to 35%
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says he will be expanding the couple’s rate to single people.
Taoiseach told renters can't afford a pension when they're paying €2,000 in rent
Opposition parties raised concerns about reports that the new pension scheme is needed to pay for ‘generation rent’ who will never own a home.
No planning permission needed for conversion of vacant pubs into homes, says minister
The government wants to bring greater awareness to planning exemptions that allows for pub conversions.
All time
'Good reasons for concern': Young face worrying circumstances despite Budget's 'youthful tinge'
A report by
Ian Curran
The pandemic has compounded long-standing issues around accommodation costs, low pay and job precarity.
The pandemic has compounded long-standing issues around accommodation costs, low pay and job precarity, Ian Curran writes.
Workers in their 20s are now spending more on rent and earning less in real terms than their parents did.
Some of these issues are "particularly troublesome" for women, economists say,
'Are you joking?' - Taoiseach denies Budget is attempt to woo young voters away from Sinn Féin
Opposition says Budget does 'nothing' for renters as minister hints at 'more permanent caps'
Government approves ‘comprehensive’ review into Ireland’s planning laws
The Taoiseach said the legislation needs ‘a complete overhaul’ to deliver on the targets set out in the Housing For All strategy.
O'Brien defends housing strategy after experts brand elements ‘unrealistic’
Housing experts criticised the focus on supply issues rather than affordability.
Housing Finance Agency approved €1 billion in loans to approved housing bodies last year
Individual loans ranged from €17,000 to €43 million.
Developers set to warn TDs over planning 'slowdown' as applications drop by almost a third
The Government is proposing replacing the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process introduced in 2017.
Catholic Church to 'reflect' on O'Brien's request to use land for housing
The Government last week launched its ‘Housing for All’ plan which aims to create 300,000 new homes by the end of the decade.
From energy ratings to shorter commutes: What the new housing plan means for climate action
High-density housing, energy efficiency, and retrofitting are the key measures for the environment in the major new plan.
Sites in Dublin, Cork and Limerick included in 'largest ever transfer of State land'
The Land Development Agency will take ownership of State land capable of delivering 10,000 to 15,000 additional homes.
Housing supply: What changes are we likely to see in the next 18 months?
The ‘Housing For All’ plan, which outlines targets for new supply, allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
The 'Housing For All' plan allocates €4 billion annual investment in housing.
By 2025, a total of 34,600 new homes will be built per year if the targets are met.
However, looking at next year the levels are significantly lower - a total of 24,600 new homes.
Affordable and social homes, tackling vacant sites: Key points from the major new housing plan
Only 'matters of substance' to be referred to courts under Government planning overhaul
New short-term let regulations to be in place by next summer
Property owners will not be able to advertise a short-term let unless they have received the required planning permission.
Housing for All: The measures aimed at helping single people get on the property ladder
Single applicants for local authority loans will be able to earn up to €65,000 in certain areas.
Opposition parties label government's Housing For All plan as 'unambitious'
Homeless charities welcomed the new strategy.
Only 'matters of substance' to be referred to courts under Government planning overhaul
The Government said it aims to introduce new legislation to reform the process by mid-2022.
Government's housing plan aims to deliver 300,000 new homes by 2030
The much-talked-about new housing plan will replace ‘Rebuilding Ireland’
Government aims to deliver 300,000 homes by 2030, made up of a mix of private and State-built housing.
Single people to be targeted under reforms earmarked for the government’s mortgage scheme.
Vacant property tax also set to be introduced.
Sharp improvements in house building activity noted in the first half of 2021
Work on 12,700 housing units commenced in the second quarter, the highest number since 2007.
'Chronic and worsening' supply crisis heaps pressure on renters as prices climb sharply
Just 789 homes were available to rent outside of Dublin on 1 August.
Average rental prices increased by 5.6% in the year to the end of June.
The average national monthly rent was up 2.4% from the first quarter, the largest quarterly gain since mid-2018.
The situation is more acute outside of Dublin with rents increasing typically at double-digit rates.
Housing Plan 'well on track' for late August but more work needs to be done on vacancy - O'Brien
Minister Darragh O’Brien had previously said he would launch the new plan in July but this was pushed back last week.
Government's new 'Housing For All' plan delayed until at least the end of August
The new housing plan was expected to go to Cabinet next week.
Eamon Ryan feels heat over cuckoo funds stamp duty vote but says 'it's a short-term measure'
Catherine Murphy said leasing properties from funds was “an abuse of public money”.