A housing estate in  Dublin. Housing groups and the Opposition have criticised the Government’s proposals for reform of the mortgage-to-rent scheme. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Housing groups and the Opposition have criticised the Government’s proposals for reform of the mortgage-to-rent scheme announced today.The Government (...)

The initiative allows mortgage holders to surrender their homes to a not-for-profit housing association, which then rents it to the original owners

The Government is considering widening eligibility rules for its mortgage-to-rent scheme as part of a series of measures aimed at tackling the home re(...)

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly and Minister for State Paudie Coffey at Lord Edward Street, Limerick, where they announced housing targets for each local authority area. Photograph: Press 22

The target of providing more than 20,000 new social housing units by the end of 2017, announced yesterday by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive after Fr McVerry described the  Government’s social housing plans as ‘Alice in Wonderland politics’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has called on social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry to be more positive in his comments on the housing an(...)

Elderly tenants on Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list will next week begin moving into Fr Scully House, a complex of 99 apartments near Mountjoy Square. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A seven-month rent dispute which had left a newly built €17 million senior citizens’ complex in Dublin’s north inner city largely empty has been re(...)

Alan Kelly: A spokesman for the department said Mr Kelly was incensed that Fr Scully House remained largely empty. Photograph: The Irish Times

A €17 million senior citizens complex built last year in Dublin’s north inner city remains largely empty due to an on-going dispute between Dublin Cit(...)

  Head of advocacy with Focus Ireland Mike Allen says what is needed now is a “persistent response not a panic response”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

When the results of the annual “winter rough sleeper count”were published, two weeks ago, there was barely a political murmur in response. Conducted o(...)

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(...)