Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has indicated he favours increasing housing supply rather than rent controls. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Rent controls may be the most effective means to stabilise the private rented sector, the National Economic and Social Council has said. In an unpubl(...)

Peter Collins, managing director of  Kennedy Wilson’s European business. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Real estate fund Kennedy Wilson is still actively looking for property deals in the Irish market but the managing director of its European business s(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “There is a serious supply-and-demand situation, particularly in the greater Dublin area.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A five-year social housing strategy is to be published by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly soon after next week’s budget, the Taoiseach told t(...)

Call for Dublin City Council to lower the minimum apartment size and allow studio apartments for renters.

Claims that Dublin City Council’s apartment standards were holding back development were “simplistic, premature” and based on a superficial analysis,(...)

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(...)

Council accused of being “too prescriptive” with regard to apartment standards.

Dublin City Council should change its standards on apartments now to kick-start development, industry representatives have said.Director of the Const(...)

Horribly real: The cast of Fresh Meat, the Channel 4 comedy set in a student house-share

Is it a good or a bad thing that Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat is pretty much on the money in its depiction of shared student accommodation? While you a(...)

The ESRI report says an average of 12,500 new homes needs to be built every year

Only 2,000 new homes will be built in the Dublin area this year despite the urgent need for housing in the capital, Construction Industry Federatio(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy: “The message from this kind of a scheme would be to stop people panicking, save up for your deposit, until there is a sufficient housing supply in a few years’ time.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s advisory body on housing is exploring the idea of a savings incentive scheme to encourage house-hunters to defer buying homes and help to(...)