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Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
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Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'

23 hours ago 15,255 Views 54 Comments

The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed
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Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed

Sun 1:59 PM 22,734 Views 112 Comments

Yesterday the Tánaiste told the Fine Gael Ard Fhéis that he was setting a target of 70% home-ownership.

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade
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Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade

Sat 6:08 PM 28,078 Views 100 Comments

This would require 40,000 new homes built each year.

Watch: How can we solve the housing crisis?
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Watch: How can we solve the housing crisis?

Jun 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 5,708 Views 3 Comments

Our expert panel offered big ideas to solve the housing crisis and answered your questions about landlords, construction and rent.

'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers
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'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers

Jun 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 19,915 Views 0 Comments
  • The housing problem is at its most acute among minority groups, such as Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements.
  • "It's an absolutely appalling national disgrace," says Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement.
Properties by the coast in Ireland now cost 23% more than before Covid-19 pandemic
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Properties by the coast in Ireland now cost 23% more than before Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 17th 2021, 6:15 AM 33,916 Views 16 Comments

This compares to a national average increase of just 8.7% in the same period.

97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression
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97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 12:29 PM 21,736 Views 14 Comments

Six in 10 people are struggling with suicide ideation and half are struggling with self-harm, according to a new survey.

Dublin City Council passes large land rezone in Finglas despite opposition
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Dublin City Council passes large land rezone in Finglas despite opposition

Jun 14th 2021, 8:49 PM 31,182 Views 27 Comments

The rezoning provides for around 2,200 new residential units, but opposers raised concerns over affordability.

Nearly 60% of Dublin's rough sleepers were using tents in April
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Nearly 60% of Dublin's rough sleepers were using tents in April

Jun 14th 2021, 4:07 PM 9,490 Views 13 Comments

There were 5,806 individuals in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month.

Open Thread: We want to hear your rental stories
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Open Thread: We want to hear your rental stories

Updated Jun 12th 2021, 7:40 AM 18,561 Views 59 Comments

We want to hear about your experience of renting and understand what policies and solutions people renting in Ireland would like to see implemented.

'It's not suitable housing for anyone, anywhere': Green light for another co-living development in Dublin despite ban
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'It's not suitable housing for anyone, anywhere': Green light for another co-living development in Dublin despite ban

Jun 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 31,988 Views 59 Comments

A series of co-living developments have been given the go-ahead in Dublin in recent months.

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters
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Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 1:43 PM 61,155 Views 101 Comments
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet today that will restrict upfront payment demands made by landlords, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
  • The new rules, which will be in place before the next academic year, will ensure that students only have to pay one months' rent at a time.
  • Cabinet has also extended the current Covid-19 protections for renters until January 2022.
Ireland's housing crisis: The problems, the solutions and the human cost
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Ireland's housing crisis: The problems, the solutions and the human cost

Jun 8th 2021, 12:10 AM 24,174 Views 68 Comments

The next part of The Good Information Project from The Journal will look at the core issues at the heart of Ireland’s housing crisis.

Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing
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Fianna Fáil bringing motion to establish constitutional right to housing

Jun 4th 2021, 3:48 PM 15,912 Views 58 Comments

It would amend Article 43 of the Constitution, which covers private property rights.

The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI
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The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI

Jun 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 14,062 Views 62 Comments

Ireland faces another decade of rising prices and rents unless the government spends money building homes, the ESRI says.

Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July
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Protections for renters impacted by Covid-19 to be extended beyond 12 July

Jun 2nd 2021, 1:06 PM 9,296 Views 22 Comments

Opposition says government must ensure that all renters – not just those that fall under the Covid-19 protections – are not hit with an 8% rent hike.

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled
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Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled

Jun 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 31,792 Views 82 Comments

The majority of homeowners will see a €90 increase in their tax bill next year.

Opposition parties call for reinstatement of eviction bans as number of homeless people rises in April
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Opposition parties call for reinstatement of eviction bans as number of homeless people rises in April

May 29th 2021, 7:10 PM 16,485 Views 49 Comments

Labour’s Housing spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has called for Minister Darragh O’Brien to reinstate the eviction ban.

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
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Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 77,890 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.
Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades
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Government to set up Commission on Housing to deal with housing issues in Ireland over the coming decades

May 27th 2021, 6:30 AM 12,381 Views 45 Comments

The commission will examine issues such as tenure, standards, and sustainability in he housing sector.

Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year
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Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year

May 26th 2021, 6:10 AM 7,994 Views 7 Comments

The type of residential units subject to commencement has seen a “substantial shift” towards housing over apartments.

Banks sitting on hundreds of vacant properties as pressure ramps up on government to get radical
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Banks sitting on hundreds of vacant properties as pressure ramps up on government to get radical

May 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 56,324 Views 64 Comments
  • Three of the country's main banks have around 600 vacant properties on their books, Christina Finn writes.
  • The Peter McVerry Trust says anything that can be done to bring vacant properties back into use should be done.
Quiz: How much do you know about cuckoos and vultures?
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Quiz: How much do you know about cuckoos and vultures?

May 22nd 2021, 10:00 PM 32,486 Views 5 Comments

Don’t get in a flap about this.

Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told
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Dublin city is a 'free for all' for vulture funds, Dáil told

May 20th 2021, 2:06 PM 15,397 Views 58 Comments

Doherty read out some personal testimonies into the Dáil record from people who say they will never be able to save to buy their own home.

Taoiseach to give statement next week on travel, entertainment, sport and hotel quarantine for June and July
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Taoiseach to give statement next week on travel, entertainment, sport and hotel quarantine for June and July

May 19th 2021, 9:47 PM 29,314 Views 25 Comments

A plan for the aviation sector will also be ready by the end of the month.

Dáil approves proposal for 10% stamp duty for bulk purchases of 10 or more properties
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Dáil approves proposal for 10% stamp duty for bulk purchases of 10 or more properties

May 19th 2021, 9:45 PM 15,790 Views 58 Comments

The tax change will be effective from tomorrow.

Vacant property tax targeted at institutional landlords who leave apartments lying empty under 'serious consideration'
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Vacant property tax targeted at institutional landlords who leave apartments lying empty under 'serious consideration'

May 19th 2021, 8:25 PM 26,472 Views 27 Comments

Hundreds of top-end apartments in Dublin are lying empty despite a chronic shortage of rental stock.

'A human error': Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing passed by Dáil after junior Minister doesn't call vote
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'A human error': Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing passed by Dáil after junior Minister doesn't call vote

May 19th 2021, 2:47 PM 56,901 Views 63 Comments

The housing crisis has been top of the political agenda for over two weeks now, following outrage over cuckoo funds.

Donohoe says government's new housing measures will act as 'strong deterrent' to cuckoo funds
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Donohoe says government's new housing measures will act as 'strong deterrent' to cuckoo funds

May 19th 2021, 11:43 AM 10,346 Views 74 Comments

The opposition, however, doesn’t agree and the plans have been described as a “too little, too late”.

Dr Rory Hearne: Investors received a clear message from Government last night - 'keep buying, you're flying'
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Dr Rory Hearne: Investors received a clear message from Government last night - 'keep buying, you're flying'

May 19th 2021, 11:40 AM 46,612 Views 51 Comments

The housing analyst responds to last night’s announcement by Government on investment funds and property.

Up to 50% of future housing estates to be set aside for owner-occupiers, Ministers announce
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Up to 50% of future housing estates to be set aside for owner-occupiers, Ministers announce

May 18th 2021, 7:41 PM 28,598 Views 111 Comments
  • The new measures will also see the purchase of more than 10 residential houses facing an increased stamp duty of 10%.
  • The higher stamp duty rate does not apply to the bulk buying of apartments by investment funds
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe outlined the proposals at a press briefing this evening.
Second Cabinet meeting this evening to deal with tax changes for cuckoo funds
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Second Cabinet meeting this evening to deal with tax changes for cuckoo funds

Updated May 18th 2021, 1:41 PM 15,361 Views 45 Comments

The ring-fencing of houses in new developments for first-time buyers, owner occupiers, as well as the issue of stamp duty is being discussed by Cabinet.

Over 25,000 people sign petition calling for government to scrap tax breaks for cuckoo funds
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Over 25,000 people sign petition calling for government to scrap tax breaks for cuckoo funds

May 18th 2021, 7:15 AM 37,708 Views 44 Comments

Cabinet is set to discuss proposals on housing today.

'Forget the American dream - it's the Dutch dream!': Your housing abroad stories
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'Forget the American dream - it's the Dutch dream!': Your housing abroad stories

May 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 73,787 Views 85 Comments

In a follow-up to our Irish housing stories, here’s what it’s like living in a variety of countries across Europe and beyond.

Proposals to tackle housing investment funds to go before Cabinet next week
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Proposals to tackle housing investment funds to go before Cabinet next week

Updated May 13th 2021, 12:53 PM 23,572 Views 65 Comments

Depending on what changes are required, and what passage of legislation or amendments are needed, it could take a number of weeks to get changes over the line, say sources.

Housing crisis: Taoiseach under pressure in Dáil as CSO data shows price of a home rose by 4% in 12 months
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Housing crisis: Taoiseach under pressure in Dáil as CSO data shows price of a home rose by 4% in 12 months

Updated May 12th 2021, 1:36 PM 22,705 Views 65 Comments
  • The CSO says prices have risen 3.7% nationally over 12 months
  • Blackrock 'most expensive' Eircode with €615,000 median price
  • Taoiseach says government has pledged "unprecedented funding" for residential construction
Ministers meet to discuss cuckoo funds proposals but no definitive timeline yet on crackdown measures
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Ministers meet to discuss cuckoo funds proposals but no definitive timeline yet on crackdown measures

May 11th 2021, 8:10 PM 11,365 Views 27 Comments

It could be a “number of weeks” before new measures are announced, say sources.

Poll: Do you think this government can fix Ireland's housing problems?
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Poll: Do you think this government can fix Ireland's housing problems?

May 11th 2021, 9:48 AM 57,476 Views 189 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said he is “confident” the government will “make real strides” with housing.

Minister: 'We've had housing issues for 10 years, I'm not going to fix it overnight'
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Minister: 'We've had housing issues for 10 years, I'm not going to fix it overnight'

May 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,271 Views 119 Comments

In a wide-ranging interview, O’Brien says short-term letting platforms will be regulated.

Dr Rory Hearne: We should not be fooled by the latest Government spin on investor funds
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Dr Rory Hearne: We should not be fooled by the latest Government spin on investor funds

May 10th 2021, 6:05 PM 46,600 Views 54 Comments

In a follow-up to his housing article last week, Dr Hearne says Government is merely keen for the investment fund issue to drop from the headlines.

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