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Investment fund SFO Capital have bought 135 of 170 houses at the new-build Mullen Park estate in Maynooth in Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government came under increasing fire on Wednesday as Opposition parties seized on reports that entire new-build housing developments were being b(...)

“How are ordinary house buyers who scrimp and save for a mortgage supposed to compete with this?” File photograph: iStock

The Taoiseach was right to look concerned. It’s a total sickener. A new strain has emerged. “There is something new in what happened over the weeke(...)

Ken and Liz  McCollum in Tipperary: ‘A house we viewed last week has an asking price offer from someone in England who can’t even view it. It’s disheartening.’

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was given approval to publish the Affordable Housing Bill at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Under the Bill’s pro(...)

A meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs was told by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien that the purchase of large swathes of housing schemes by investment funds is “unacceptable”. File photograph: iStock

The Government is “drowning in the shadows of Fine Gael housing policy”, a private meeting of Fianna Fáil senators and TDs has heard – along with call(...)

It is expected that as many as 8,000 families a year might buy homes on the shared-equity scheme in the first two years. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is one of the curious things about life in Ireland that property developers and the construction industry here openly tell us that it’s just not fi(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the shared-equity scheme would support “hard-pressed first-time buyers to purchase homes in private developments”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Government was warned that its new shared-equity loan scheme could end up inflating house prices ahead of the budget last year where the sche(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has argued the measure could free up more than 9,000 vacant properties that are currently not being rented as 80 per cent of any income raised would have to go towards the owner’s nursing home costs. File photograph: iStock

Government officials are expected to continue working on planned reforms to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme, which have been hit by disagreements be(...)

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photograph: Adrian Wyld/CP/Bloomberg

Last week, images circulated internationally of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at a pharmacy in Ottawa, sleeve rolled up, vaccine syringe stuc(...)

Tents pitched by the Grand Canal in Dublin in February. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

Homeless numbers are continuing to fall but charities have warned gains could be reversed following the removal of a ban on evictions. On Friday, fig(...)

Under the Cost Rental Equity Loan scheme, tenants pay rent that covers the cost of delivering, managing and maintaining the homes only. Photograph: iStock

A more “expansive concept” of the cost rental model, which is not “overly reliant on public funding” must be considered, the Minister for Housing Darr(...)

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