Under the scheme, builders have access to five-year loans of up to €35 million, for developments ranging in size from 10 to about 200 homes. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A €750 million State fund to help smaller builders construct thousands of new homes has been described as a “monumental failure” after failing to lend(...)

The decline in building activity was at its worst in Dublin city; however, there was a drop in home building in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown of 15% to 1,322, and in South Dublin of 12% to 1,138 homes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The number of homes under construction in Dublin city is down almost 50 per cent on last year, with a 20 per cent drop across the region as a whole, a(...)

Dublin city is  facing a shortage of residentially zoned land within four years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Proposals to rezone for housing large tracts of Dublin’s industrial estates have been welcomed by private and social housing providers and business g(...)

Apple has abandoned plans to build an €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway. Photograph: Collins Courts
Failure to plan

Apple’s decision in May to abandon plans for an €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, has highlighted what many believe are profound problem(...)

The Construction Industry Federation says many schemes that had been granted permission remain “unviable”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Dublin’s developers are sitting on planning permission for more than 25,000 houses and apartments, new figures compiled by the four Dublin local autho(...)

Real fires are comforting, but wildly inefficient

New building regulations introduced in 2014 have effectively banned the open fire from newly built homes in an attempt to comply with European Union e(...)

The Daft.ie report found that house prices in Ireland have risen more in the first six months of 2017 than in the whole of last year

House prices will continue to rise for the next five to 10 years unless drastic action is taken, a report released on Friday by property website Daft.(...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon, a  former Progressive Democrats junior minister, argued for smaller apartments, similar to the standards that apply in the UK. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pleas from the Construction Industry Federation for further State concessions for developers, including a radical reduction in apartment sizes, were f(...)

While the fee for a one-off house is €65, and €34 for an extension, fees for larger residential and commercial developments increase in line with the size of the development. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of planning applications made to local authorities across the State rose by 20 per cent last year, with Dublin City Council receiving almos(...)

 Tom Parlon, director general CIF with Hubert Fitzpatrick (right): Mr Fitzpatrick repeated the call for a relaxation of the mortgage rules

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called for a relaxation of Central Bank mortgage rules to help get the housing market moving. Speakin(...)

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