Looking ahead: The obvious release valve on price pressure will be the construction of new homes in desirable areas in 2015

The new year brings with it fresh speculation as to how the property market will perform in 2015. But if anything was learned last year, it’s that (...)

‘Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is well aware that a tax on rezoned land profits, introduced after one of the biggest property crashes in global history, was not going to generate revenue in the short term’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most despicable aspects of the Celtic Tiger era was the enormous amount of money made from bad planning decisions, driven by the highly pol(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly TD during a Budget 2015 press brieifing at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plans to introduce a tax on vacant sites in the upcoming Planning Bill to end land-hoarding have been put in doubt by Minister for Finance Michael Noo(...)

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, announced today that from January, he will abolish the 80 per cent windfall rate, and profits from such deals will now be taxed at the standard capital gains charge of 33 per cent. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government plans to drop the windfall tax on profits from the sale of rezoned land under measures announced in Budget 2015. Currently, gains on la(...)

Adamstown’s underutilised train station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Planning Institute has warned against lowering apartment standards in a “knee-jerk” reaction to the housing crisis.The institute was respond(...)

John O’Connor of the Housing Agency is urging the council to reduce permitted sizes of one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments to restart construction and make homes more affordable.

The Government’s Housing Agency wants Dublin City Council to lower its apartment size rules and allow the construction of rental-only “studios” 27 pe(...)

Abbey executive chairman Charles Gallagher addresses the company’s AGM in Malahide, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cutting taxes and levies on newly-built homes will help ease the housing crisis that has developed in Dublin and other urban centres, according to th(...)

The Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie in the sky” by the construction industry.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie (...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon: said areas such as Dublin face a crisis in housing supply. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

A temporary cut in VAT on new homes would help kick-start building in areas facing a housing shortage, said Construction Industry Federation (CIF) (...)

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh said the agency was witnessing continuing strong levels of interest in Irish assets

Construction industry bosses want the Government to charge a 1 per cent levy on all residential property purchases to pay for social housing. S(...)