An affordable house purchase scheme will be “a matter of priority”, the programme for government says. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Huge strides in the provision of housing are promised in next five years with more than 50,000 additional social homes, rental reform and home owners(...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before  at Government buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The initial reaction from most political quarters is that the Greens are the big winners in the deal for government with a new emphasis on sustainabil(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan meet for talks on Government formation at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Extensive climate action measures to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, the end of direct provision and a massive programme of investment in w(...)

A new scheme will seek to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030 on a ‘aggregated’ model – meaning that certain towns or areas will be retrofitted at the same time to achieve economies of scale. File photograph: Frank Miller

The draft programme for government “Our Shared Future” runs to nearly 50,000 words. It contains commitments under a variety of policy headings for the(...)

One of the charges incorrectly levelled at institutional investors is that we are so-called “cuckoo funds” that prevent first-time buyers from getting on to the property ladder. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has outlined how it will carefully and on a staged basis reopen Ireland. With clarity, comes purpose. The economic predictions outlined(...)

Green deputy leader Catherine Martin must decide by this weekend if she will challenge Eamon Ryan for the leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Time is getting tight for negotiators from the Green Party, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil trying to put together a programme for government, with politica(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Photocall Ireland

A potential row is emerging in the government formation talks over the scheduled rise in the State pension age to 67 at the start of next year. It wa(...)

Sinn Fein’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the scheme would keep the standard 5 per cent profit margin for building contractors but removes the middlemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Affordable homes for €230,000 or less could be purchased by low income households or rented for between €700 and €900 monthly under a scheme proposed (...)

Project Ireland 2040 was one the flagship initiatives of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s time at the helm of the Fine Gael-Independent minority government in the last Dáil. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

A significant number of roads projects committed to by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must go ahead because contracts have already been signed to build them,(...)

In addition to a task force, developer Michael O’Flynn has called for the Central Bank’s macroprudential rules on mortgage lending to be relaxed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cork property developer Michael O’Flynn has urged the Government to create a task force to develop a series of reforms to tackle the housing crisis an(...)

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