Alan Kelly: The instruction to let him know well in advance of openings has caused tension, particularly over the opening of 52 homes in the Glen in Cork city earlier this year.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ordered all local authorities to tell him “early” about the opening of local authority houses so he could off(...)

The Irish Council for Social Housing website. In its pre-Budget submission, the council, which represents non-profit housing associations, is calling for vacant local authority lands to be made available to social housing providers.

Social housing providers are seeking €120 million of funding in next year’s Budget to provide more than 4,000 homes for people on local authority hous(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A €300 million investment fund for social housing, which will deliver 2,000 units of public housing over the next three years, will be built on and e(...)

Ken Burke, head of business banking AIB; Donal McManus, executive director ICSH and Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly at the Irish Council for Social Housing  in Limerick.

A new model of “public housing” will be announced in the Government’s social housing strategy, to be published within weeks, Minister for the Environ(...)

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 (...)

Jan O’Sullivan: Initiative well received. Photograph: Eric Luke

Housing bodies and charities welcomed the implementation plan, but warned it would not stem increasing homelessness without a parallel increased avail(...)

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown estimates that about 2,500 new homes are needed annually to help meet demand.

Local authorities say it is often impossible to find affordable accommodation for low-income families as the cost of rent continues to rise.Local auth(...)

The Government has been keen to promote non-profit housing associations as a new vehicle for delivering social housing. But numbers have been falling – five years ago housing associations built almost 1,900 homes. By 2012 this fell to 677.

There has been a dramatic change in how social housing needs have being responded to over recent years.State investment has collapsed and there has be(...)

Vienna: somewhere we might look to for a model of a socially aware housing policy

If the city as we understand it was forged during the industrial revolution, so too were its problems. The central issue at the heart of modern, urban(...)

The social housing waiting list figures produced recently by the Housing Agency, showing almost 90,000 households in need, represent a 30 per cent inc(...)