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The rise  was sharpest in Dublin, with the numbers owning a property increasing by 8 per cent to 916,400 at the end of 2020.

The number of homeowners rose across the country in 2020 as the impact of the pandemic saw more people eschew the vagaries of the rental market for t(...)

Coom Hill in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Photograph: Charles McCarthy Auctioneers

Charlie McCarthy, an auctioneer who has sold houses, farms and even islands in west Cork for almost half a century, takes the calls on Coom Hill as he(...)

The programme for government points towards a bigger role for the State in the housing market. Photograph:    Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Negotiating a programme for government in the midst of a global pandemic was never going to be easy. The document that emerged contains important poli(...)

Campaigner for the homeless Fr Peter McVerry has said Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would have to fix the housing crisis if they go into government ‘or get massacred at the next general election’. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Housing campaigner Fr Peter McVerry said he takes heart from the fact that a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition government would have to fix the housing (...)

Laura Forsythe: “All the beans on toast and tap water in the world isn’t going to get you there (for deposit).” Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

The Housing Fix is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing (...)

Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin housing spokesman, said housing supports now represented ‘an indefinite and ever-growing expenditure’ which could soon hit €1 billion a year.

The State is not getting value for money in return for housing subsidies worth hundreds of millions a year to the private sector, according to an inte(...)

A Nimby (Not In My Back Yard) may be pro-development, but not in their neighbourhood

The Absorption Rate is the rate at which builders supply the market in order to maintain selling prices without flooding the market and causing prices(...)

Statistics show that Ireland is undergoing a historic shift in its traditional pattern of home ownership.

Like a lot of Irish people her age, Elizabeth feels trapped. “The help-to-buy scheme is no good to me because the cost of new builds is so astronomic(...)

Kennas Fitzsimons, son of Jack Fitzsimons, says his father was driven by a desire to make good housing affordable to ordinary rural people.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

First published in 1971, Jack Fitzsimons’s book Bungalow Bliss changed the face of Ireland, with its 20 easily-understood plans for affordable bungalo(...)

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(...)

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