The Department of Housing has compiled a “watch list” of  projects totalling more than 2,000 homes which it said it is “absolutely essential” councils complete by year-end. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Housing has warned local authorities to hit their end-of-year targets for the construction of social housing after it emerged just 2(...)

There were 9,681 people recorded as homeless in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A committee established by the Department of Housing and charities to help resolve the homeless crisis has met on only two occasions in the last 2½ ye(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the level of homelessness remained “a challenge”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of homeless people in the State fell slightly in March compared with the previous month. However, significantly more adults and children (...)

Currently, the council can only serve a landlord found to be in breach of standards with an “improvement notice” to take remedial action, followed by a prohibition notice barring them from reletting the property if the improvement works are not carried out. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Fines of up to €1 million and jail terms of up to two years should be introduced for landlords convicted of running dangerously overcrowded properties(...)

South Dublin County Council said four long-term voids had been refurbished since last year along with 325 short-term voids.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe

The vast majority of social housing units brought back into use under a scheme to refurbish “boarded-up properties” were only empty for a short number(...)

 Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall: Cavan County Council’s refusal was appealed by “The Irish Times” to the commissioner, who has overturned it.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Information Commissioner has annulled a decision by Cavan County Council to refuse to disclose information about an investigation into allegation(...)

Airbnb said the guidelines “ignore” the recommendations of a joint Oireachtas committee on the matter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Airbnb has said new guidelines on planning applications for short-term lettings have rendered the State’s regime “one of the most restrictive” in Euro(...)

House-building: losing count

Government policy must first and foremost be based on correct and up-to-date information. In this light it is astonishing that the data on house-build(...)

The number of homeless children has continued to rise, despite the accelerated efforts of authorities to address the situation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The number of homeless children has continued to rise, latest figures show, despite the accelerated efforts of authorities to address the situation. (...)

White cladding on the right of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London, in the aftermath of a fire in which at least 17 people have died. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Newly-appointed Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy spoke with senior officials about Irish fire safety standards, in the wake of the London fire trage(...)

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