The Government has already committed to developing a comprehensive strategy for social housing, but has yet to finalise its plans. The latest report f(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has also said the mortgage proposals from the Central Bank should be softened. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A senior advisory group to Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said new mortgage proposals from the Central Bank will make it difficult for first-time buyers (...)

Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the launch of the Social Housing Strategy 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

The most important thing a society can do for its citizens is to provide them with housing, according to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. At t(...)

Dublin property prices have risen by almost a quarter in the past year figures from the Central Statistics Office show. Property prices continue to cl(...)

According to a senior advisory group to the Taoiseach, many families will in future “have little chance of buying their own home” and will have to turn to social housing or rental properties. Photograph: Frank Miller

A range of social classes will “find it difficult if not impossible” to buy their own homes in the future, according to a senior advisory group to Tao(...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has indicated he favours increasing housing supply rather than rent controls. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Rent controls may be the most effective means to stabilise the private rented sector, the National Economic and Social Council has said. In an unpubl(...)

David Begg, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire.Mr Begg told the executive council of Congress today that he would(...)

Norma Gibson:
placed great importance on serving the community

Norman Gibson was a major figure in the higher education and sociopolitical landscape of Northern Ireland for more than 30 years. He was a founding ac(...)

Nowhere has the impact of recession been more keenly felt in than in the high numbers of Irish households where no one is working. Nearly one quarter (...)

Helen Johnston, author of the report for the NESC: Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost one-quarter of households in Ireland are classified as “jobless”, far above the EU average, according to a report yesterday by the National Ec(...)

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