Fianna Fáil’s housing spokesman Barry Cowen. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government needs address the issue of developers holding onto sites and not developing them, according to Fianna Fáil’s housing spokesman Barry Co(...)

Barry Cowen: said a vacant site tax should be implemented as soon as possible. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just 7 per cent of residential land sold by the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) to private investors is currently under development, newly rel(...)

A file image of thousands of people attending a Right 2 Water protest in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The politics of “thuggery” did not defeat water charges, Fianna Fáil’s local government spokesman Barry Cowen has claimed. During a late night debate(...)

Micheál Martin said any democratic party would have difficulties doing business with Sinn Féin and the controlling manner in which it conducts politics. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party will not enter government with Sinn Féin, describing the party as “IRA apologists” and “cult-(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s stance on Sinn Féin makes a reversal of the current arrangement with Fine Gael the most likely outcome of the next election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil today feels a strengthening wind behind it. Perhaps not one that will bring it back to the days of yore when its hegemony was un(...)

Barry Cowen said the Government’s mantra was: “Oh, it’s all your fault and what we’ve inherited and what we did and what we did not do.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For Fianna Fáil, the memory of the property crash could still be a problem when it comes to credibility on dealing with the housing crisis. That much(...)

Paschal Donohoe would rather the money would be “spent by the State directly” on new construction rather than given to developers. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A cut to the rate of VAT on house building in next month’s budget has been ruled out by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe’s stance pu(...)

‘I think it’s a small price to pay in relation to the situation we have presently,’ Barry Cowen said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil’s proposal to reduce construction industry Vat rates would cost the exchequer €240 million, housing spokesman Barry Cowen has said. Mr C(...)

Senior Government figures have discussed setting up a new housing corporation that would be able to act as a developer of State-funded homes. Photograph: Getty Images

A number of parties have called on the Government to give the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) more powers to build housing instead of establis(...)

It is understood senior figures have discussed setting up a new housing corporation to act as a developer of State-funded homes. Similar to the model of Irish Water, it would take powers off local authorities. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government is considering establishing a new semi-State company to drive house building across the country in an effort to solve the housing crisi(...)