Stefan Gerlach, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, said that Ireland should promote “a well-developed rental market as a genuine alternative to ownership, and an attractive investment proposition for potential landlords”. (Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES)

Ireland needs to develop a broader and deeper rental market in order to protect itself against future financial shocks, deputy governor of the Centra(...)

Allan Thomas at his home in Kilmessan, Co Meath: ‘I feel like I’m making my family homeless. I don’t understand why this [scheme] didn’t work. Educated people told me this would work.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Allan Thomas, (40), a father of three living in Kilmessan, Co Meath, will be in court next Monday, almost certainly to hear a repossession order mad(...)

Banks must be compelled to offer mortgage-to-rent to households in serious mortgage arrears, groups advocating for distressed borrowers have said. Th(...)

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(...)