More people in Ireland are renting their homes today than at any other time since the 1950s. Successive governments have viewed the rented sect(...)

Chief executive of national housing charity Threshold, Bob Jordan, has called for more social housing to tackle homelessness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless and looking for support, has risen by 77 per cent in the last year, according t(...)

 Analysts expect the cost of private rented accommodation will continue rise in Dublin this year, putting extra pressure on both low and middle-income groups.Photograph: Frank Miller

Construction of local authority homes has fallen to a historic low at a time when almost 90,000 people who cannot afford to rent are on housing waitin(...)

Housing support group Threshold says rent control could play an important role in protecting tenants from rapid price increases, especially those on low incomes.

Rent control has been floated as a way of tackling the rising cost of rent by Minister of State for housing Jan O’Sullivan. Potentially, it would ban (...)

Mary Stephens from Galway city was eight years waiting for her new apartment before it was provided by Clúid housing association last month.Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A double whammy of a tight private rental market and a shortage of supply in the social housing sector means those on low incomes are struggling to fi(...)

Rethinking housing

The recovery in the housing market is one sign of a reviving domestic economy following a deep and prolonged recession. However, the 5.6 per cent nat(...)

The scale of rent supplement payments has prompted calls for the Department of Social Protection to arrange deals with individual landlords, given that the State is providing them with significant sums of guaranteed rental income. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One landlord received €578,000 from the State in the form of rent supplement payments last year. Figures released to The Irish Times show the top 2(...)

 Aideen Hayden, chairwoman of housing charity Threshold,  said rents “are rising very significantly, particularly at the bottom end of the market”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Housing charity Threshold has called on the Government to act in the face of what it believes is a rental crisis in Ireland.Aideen Hayden, chairwoman (...)

A homeless man sleeps over a warm grille on Dublin’s Baggot Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Simon Communities of Ireland are “deeply, deeply worried about the future”, saying a 24 per cent increase in numbers seeking its help is pushing i(...)

The Government initiative to improve tenants’ rights would see Ireland adopt an international standard, common in the UK, where deposits are held by an independent third party and not the landlord. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government must intervene with local authorities failing to enforce minimum living conditions for people living in the private rented sector, the (...)

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