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How much rent would you have been paying in the 1990s?

Unsurprisingly, you would of been paying quite a bit less.

IT LOOKS LIKE there is set to be some regulation introduced in the rental sector.

This will be much welcomed news for tenants across the country – who have seen sharp increases in recent years.

However, no matter what effect new measures might have, it is hard to see things ever being as cheap as they were before the boom…

Here we take a look at a few rental ads from the early 1990s.

Back in the 1990s…

bundoran 01-April-1993 Irish Press Irish Press

You could have gotten your hands on this holiday retreat for the very reasonable price of £200-a-week back in 1993. Thankfully ‘Waterworld’ is still on the go, with one user on TripAdvisor stating that the attraction “does what it says on the tin”.

And now… 

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Things haven’t actually gone up that much in the country’s most northernly county. This three-bedroom property in the ever popular holiday spot of Bundoran is available for €355-a-week.

Back in the 1990s…

D4 - 16 Oct 1992 Irish Press Irish Press

This ad for a house share in the highly desirable D4 area of Dublin was available for just £28 a week in 1992. The only provision was that calls were made after 6pm. Hardly an unreasonable request.

And now…

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A room in a house share in D4 now could set you back a serious amount. This double bedroom near Grand Canal Dock is available for €750 a month. The apartment itself seems to be pleasant though – with a fully-fitted kitchen and access to a large terrace area.

Back in the 1990s…  

Drumcondra 12-Jan-1994 Irish Press Irish Press

Just £95 a week (£380 a month) would have got you a HOUSE in Drumcondra back in 1994. In today’s currency this would have worked out at around €120 a week.

And now… 


This two-bedroom red brick home in Drumcondra is available for €1,500 a month. It has been extensively renovated over the past four years and has an open-plan downstairs area.

Back in the 1990s…  

Monkstown - 24 August 1991 Irish Press Irish Press

Another two bedroom townhouse, this time in Monkstown. Part of the property’s appeal was its south-facing sun-trap back garden. The “piped television” referred to in the advert is another term for cable TV.

And now… 

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This quaint property in Monkstown has two bedrooms and is said to be in a “wonderfully quiet” location. It is possible for the property’s second bedroom to be converted into a study or office area. It is on the market for €1,600 a month.

Back in the 1990s…

Ranaghlagh - July 1992

Back in 1992 there was availability for two people in Caroline’s house, one room for £160 and another one for £170. That would of worked out at about €200 and €215 respectively in today’s money.  

And now… 

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This double bedroom is available in an apartment with one other person for €800 a month. Located a short walk from Ranelagh village, this room has parking included in its rent.

Back in the 1990s… 

rathgar advert - june 1991 Irish Press Irish Press

A “2 bedroomed mews” would of set you back £450 a month back in the early 1990s. The south Dublin suburb has grown in popularity recently, and interestingly, is home to the Russian Embassy.

And now… 

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At current there are no two-bedroom houses available to rent in Rathgar. There is however this two-bedroom apartment for €1,500. One of the bedrooms comes with its own en suite and the overall floor space of the residence is a generous 700 sq. ft.+.

With Thanks to Irish Newspaper Archives ( & The Irish Press

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Read: These ghost signs are a window into Dublin’s fading past

Also: From tower blocks to BER ratings… the housing landscape has changed a lot in sixty years 

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