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From TheJournal.ie Murphy insists funding for first-time-buyer loan scheme 'has not run out' First Time Buyers

Murphy insists funding for first-time-buyer loan scheme 'has not run out'

Concerns had been that funds for the government’s Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme have run out.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme Rebuilding Ireland

Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme

Micheál Martin accused the government of letting down people on low incomes down.

From TheJournal.ie Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed Housing

Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed

A Dublin City Council month meeting last night was informed of potential “new growth areas” within the M50.

From TheJournal.ie Poverty has doubled among working parents over five-year period, SVP report finds Family Poverty

Poverty has doubled among working parents over five-year period, SVP report finds

In 2017, 45% of lone parents reported a heavy financial burden due to housing costs.

From TheJournal.ie First-time-buyer loan scheme requires 'further tranche of funding' to continue Housing

First-time-buyer loan scheme requires 'further tranche of funding' to continue

A first-time-buyer can apply for a home loan to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home under the scheme.

From TheJournal.ie Just 8% of rental properties are available in Ireland within rent support limits Housing

Just 8% of rental properties are available in Ireland within rent support limits

That’s according to a study conducted by the Simon Communities of Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Rising rents and lack of social housing has driven up homelessness in Ireland, EU warns European Commission

Rising rents and lack of social housing has driven up homelessness in Ireland, EU warns

The European Commission report was highly critical of Ireland’s housing policy.

From TheJournal.ie 'A national trauma': There are now 9,987 people living in homeless accommodation in Ireland Homelessness

'A national trauma': There are now 9,987 people living in homeless accommodation in Ireland

This is an increase of 169 adults and 65 children on last month.

From TheJournal.ie 'Ignored at viewings because they're black or Asian': Dozens of asylum seekers facing homelessness Direct Provision

'Ignored at viewings because they're black or Asian': Dozens of asylum seekers facing homelessness

Clondalkin Towers is set to close in June and many residents are struggling to secure new accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie Almost €700 million paid to private landlords in rent subsidies last year Housing

Almost €700 million paid to private landlords in rent subsidies last year

€276,600,000 was paid in HAP to landlords via HAP last year.

From TheJournal.ie Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed Housing

Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed

House acquisitions by local authorities has also risen.

From TheJournal.ie The average monthly rent in Ireland is over €1,300 - €300 higher than the 2008 peak Housing

The average monthly rent in Ireland is over €1,300 - €300 higher than the 2008 peak

Rents rose nationwide by an average of 9.8% in the 12 months to December 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Number of homes built in 2018 rose by 25% compared to year previous Housing

Number of homes built in 2018 rose by 25% compared to year previous

The total number of new dwellings completed in 2018 was 18,072, according to the CSO.

From TheJournal.ie Government urged to 'apply more dynamic thinking' to solving housing crisis Brexit Concerns

Government urged to 'apply more dynamic thinking' to solving housing crisis

An Oireachtas Housing Committee report has been critical of the government’s approach to solving the housing crisis.

From TheJournal.ie Man arrested over Strokestown eviction incident released without charge Investigation

Man arrested over Strokestown eviction incident released without charge

The man was arrested earlier today following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford.

From TheJournal.ie 'We've been to too many funerals': Study shows one third of homeless deaths linked to drugs or alcohol Dublin

'We've been to too many funerals': Study shows one third of homeless deaths linked to drugs or alcohol

A new study looked at the deaths of over 200 homeless people in Dublin over five years.

From TheJournal.ie New State lender to give cash to small developers to build homes for first-time buyers Housing Crisis

New State lender to give cash to small developers to build homes for first-time buyers

The new state lender aims to deliver 7,500 homes within five years.

From TheJournal.ie 'I can sleep at night now': iCare buys 19 homes to save families from eviction Mortgage To Rent

'I can sleep at night now': iCare buys 19 homes to save families from eviction

The housing body has also made 571 further deals to buy distressed mortgages and many of these will move forward this year.

From TheJournal.ie Locals hold out hope that Weaver Garden allotments will be saved over rapid-build Liberties apartments The Liberties

Locals hold out hope that Weaver Garden allotments will be saved over rapid-build Liberties apartments

“We’re planting something that’s going to grow in Spring, so we’re hoping we get to stay,” a spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.

From TheJournal.ie 'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec Brickies

'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec

Ibec says there are not enough skilled workers here to meet demand.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There is space for 15,000 homes within walking distance of Dublin's O'Connell Street Opinion

Opinion: There is space for 15,000 homes within walking distance of Dublin's O'Connell Street

There are vast tracts of underutilised lands close to the city centre, they should be used to build high-quality apartment blocks with generous courtyards and play areas, writes Ciaran Cuffe.

From TheJournal.ie Local residents 'fed up' at delays in building 640 homes on Oscar Traynor Road Housing

Local residents 'fed up' at delays in building 640 homes on Oscar Traynor Road

The land has been earmarked for development for the past number of years.

From TheJournal.ie 'We don't discharge people to the streets': The hospital dilemma of how to discharge a homeless person Crises

'We don't discharge people to the streets': The hospital dilemma of how to discharge a homeless person

32 homeless patients were admitted to St James’s Hospital during each of the months of September, October and November.

From TheJournal.ie Ó Cuív on that 'rogue' NI candidate launch: 'I knew what I was doing. I'm happy to take the punishment. I did it for the greater good' Interview

Ó Cuív on that 'rogue' NI candidate launch: 'I knew what I was doing. I'm happy to take the punishment. I did it for the greater good'

The Galway West TD says he has no regrets about losing his seat on the frontbench.

From TheJournal.ie Just after their mother died, two brothers were told by their landlord they had to vacate the property Threshold

Just after their mother died, two brothers were told by their landlord they had to vacate the property

This was one such case faced by housing charity Threshold this year.

From TheJournal.ie ‘It’s a bit like Ready Steady Cook’: How FoodCloud and charities are fighting food poverty in the west of Ireland Food For Thought

‘It’s a bit like Ready Steady Cook’: How FoodCloud and charities are fighting food poverty in the west of Ireland

As charities see demand increase this Christmas, the team behind FoodCloud is making things a little easier.

From TheJournal.ie 'Give families a chance to stay in their homes': Hundreds attend anti-eviction protest in Roscommon Strokestown

'Give families a chance to stay in their homes': Hundreds attend anti-eviction protest in Roscommon

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said politicians need to bring in legislation to make sure recent incidents are not repeated.

From TheJournal.ie The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy' Social Housing

The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'

Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.

From TheJournal.ie 'Do the decent thing and resign': Murphy blasted as homeless numbers almost hit 10,000 Homeless

'Do the decent thing and resign': Murphy blasted as homeless numbers almost hit 10,000

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said that Murphy should “do the decent thing and resign” in light of the new figures.

From TheJournal.ie Peter McVerry Trust increases number of homeless beds to just under 1,000 Homeless

Peter McVerry Trust increases number of homeless beds to just under 1,000

The beds form part of the 333 that were promised in the government’s winter strategy.

From TheJournal.ie Over 1,725 families and 3,800 children: Homelessness increases before Christmas November Figures

Over 1,725 families and 3,800 children: Homelessness increases before Christmas

Eoghan Murphy: “It is very disappointing to see more children in emergency accommodation as we go into Christmas week.”

From TheJournal.ie 'It's my home. I can say it however many times I like': Teenager homeless for over two years housed before Christmas Homelessness

'It's my home. I can say it however many times I like': Teenager homeless for over two years housed before Christmas

Amanda had previously spoken about the difficulties of living in homeless emergency accommdoation.

From TheJournal.ie Important information or a 'distraction': Exactly how many people are living in homeless accommodation? Debate

Important information or a 'distraction': Exactly how many people are living in homeless accommodation?

The debate around how many people are homeless in Ireland resurfaced again this week.

From TheJournal.ie In Ireland, there is a 'widespread assumption' that your local TD or councillor can help you get a council house Waiting Lists

In Ireland, there is a 'widespread assumption' that your local TD or councillor can help you get a council house

A new report outlines a number of issues with local authority housing waiting lists in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families Homelessness

'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families

A new report looks into the experiences of new families with young parents.

From TheJournal.ie 'This isn't acceptable': Government delivers less than half of planned social housing in first 9 months of the year Social Housing
From TheJournal.ie Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections Opinion

Opinion: It took us 8 years to build 19 social homes although we owned the land and there were no objections

Bureaucratic and administrative delays could be eliminated if councils were given funding to build homes directly, writes Labour councillor Dermot Lacey.

From TheJournal.ie 'We shouldn't accept homelessness as normal': 13,304 helped by Simon Communities last year Annual Report

'We shouldn't accept homelessness as normal': 13,304 helped by Simon Communities last year

Figures for the first six months of 2018 suggest record numbers of people using its services.

From TheJournal.ie South Dublin County Council approves plan for apartment block beside park Sean Walsh Park

South Dublin County Council approves plan for apartment block beside park

The plans had prompted objections from some community workers.

From TheJournal.ie 'I have security for life... there will be nobody knocking to say: Sorry, you have to move out' Social Housing

'I have security for life... there will be nobody knocking to say: Sorry, you have to move out'

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy opened 44 new social housing units in Dundrum, Dublin this morning.