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# Housing

September 2023
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.
Fourteen babies born in homeless charity Depaul's services last year
Depaul published its 2022 annual report today.
'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.
'I wish I never applied': Affordable housing in Darragh O'Brien's constituency delayed by a year
The Dun Emer affordable housing development was supposed to be completed in 2022, but residents still haven’t moved in.
National commercial building vacancy rate hits record high of 14.1%
Sligo, Galway and Donegal are the counties with the highest commercial vacancy rates, with the pandemic’s fallout likely to be a factor nationally.
Anger within Greens over housing spokesman's claim reinstating eviction ban 'akin to communism'
According to Green Party sources there is anger, annoyance and shock over Duffy’s comments.
August 2023
Average rent for new tenancies in Ireland rose by almost 9% year-on-year
The Residential Tenancies Board has today published the Q1 2023 Rent Index report.
Over 580 people with mental health difficulties supported with housing last year
Hail is calling on the Government to provide more sustainable funding for its tenancy sustainment services in the upcoming Budget.
Homelessness record broken again as 12,847 people in emergency accommodation in July
There were 3,829 children, and 9,018 adults in emergency accommodation last month.
The figures are an increase of 247 compared to June, where there were 12,600 people in emergency accommodation.
Social Democrats housing spokesperson Cian O'Callaghan has called on the Government to reinstate the ban on no-fault evictions.
Eoin Ó Broin says Sinn Féin would need five years to tackle housing, but what is his plan?
Vigil held in memory of the 402 homeless people who died in Dublin since 2018
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.
Landlord letting room by college campus asks students for 20 hours' childminding in lieu of rent
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris described the arrangement as ‘very unorthodox’.
Debunked: Government has not forbidden business grants and modular homes for Irish people
A video viewed more than 47,000 times claimed modular homes don’t pass safety regulations for Irish people.
Housing charity questions effectiveness of law brought in to prevent upfront rent requests
The charity argues that the wording of the law allows for “an illusion of choice”.
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.
Peter McVerry Trust informs Department of Housing of 'potential financial issues' at charity
The issue was first reported by the Business Post this evening.
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.
Apartment owners threatened with legal action if they don't pay €5,000 for fire safety works
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
The Broadmeadows apartment complex is one of thousands of boom-era developments with fire safety defects.
Major property developer refused planning permission for over 300 homes in South Dublin
An Bord Pleanála rejected the application by Cairn Homes Properties to develop the scheme of 305 new housing units in Carrickmines.
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
Over 5,700 notices to quit issued to tenants in second quarter after eviction ban lifted
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin has called on the Government to immediately reintroduce the ban on no-fault evictions.
Average rent in Dublin is over €2,300 - but rises have stabilised since last quarter
Outside Dublin the average increase in rent between March and June was 4.3%.
Up to 100 people left homeless after fire at Navan apartment building
A spokesperson for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said that his thoughts were with the impacted residents.
Gardaí investigating fire at Navan apartment block that left buildings 'uninhabitable'
It’s understood that dozens residents of the effected buildings are unable to return to their homes.
Eoin Ó Broin says Sinn Féin would need five years to tackle housing, but what is his plan?
Ó Broin said if he could not reduce homelessness in five years while Minister, he would have failed.
Sinn Féin to introduce Bill to make sex for rent an offence under Residential Tenancies Act
The Bill comes after RTÉ Investigates last week broadcast a report looking into sex for rent in Ireland.
Are you struggling because of increased mortgage interest rates?
Have your monthly outgoings shot up as a result of higher mortgage interest rates? We want to hear from you.
New income limit for cost-rental scheme comes into effect, increasing to €66,000 in Dublin
The net household income limit for those living in the rest of the country is now €59,000.
July 2023
Why Ireland’s official housing targets are (probably) way off the mark
The way the Government comes up with its targets may not hold up well under scrutiny.
Cian O'Callaghan says we're becoming a nation of renters - so how would the Soc Dems change that?
O’Callaghan is clear that the Social Democrats won’t work with other parties if it means a continuation of the status quo.
Land Development Agency moves to buy private sites for affordable housing
The acquisition programme will support the output of affordable homes, primarily in five cities.
Irish households generally don't spend more income on housing compared to elsewhere in Europe
Research published today by the ESRI, funded by the Department of Housing, explores the housing affordability challenges faced in Ireland.
Growth in house prices in Ireland slows to an average of 2.4%
The median price of a dwelling purchased in the 12 months to May was €315,000.
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.
No plans to cap the number of times people can refuse social housing offer, says Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said today that people refuse social housing sometimes for ‘good reason, sometimes not’.
Government accused of 'shocking indifference' after deciding against another eviction ban
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien revealed yesterday that the government has ‘no plans to reinstate a winter eviction ban’.
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”.
Inchicore development with 578 new homes given planning permission green light
The housing development site is located at Emmet Road (formerly St Michael’s Estate), Inchicore, Dublin 8.
Tenants to be asked to bid on property if landlord sells as independent value plan is abandoned
Government planned to have the legislation in place by the summer, but it has now been pushed out to autumn.
Housing prices 2.2% higher than this time last year
However, the final value of sales aren’t going as high over the asking price as they were in 2022.