Lorcan Sirr

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Lorcan Sirr, a lecturer in housing studies at Technological University Dublin, argues that local authorities were sitting on large tracts of public land ripe for development. Photograph: Tom Honan

Two local authorities, including Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien’s own Fingal County Council and Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s Cork City Council, b(...)

More than 25,000 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Ireland in the last two months. Photograph: iStock

Government plans to use vacant social housing for Ukrainian refugees will not provide “an awful lot of housing”, an expert has warned. Dr Lorcan Sirr(...)

 In the middle of a housing crisis – defined by a chronic shortage of affordable options – the market is supplying high-end, luxury units that don’t sell and in many instances can’t even be let

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF THE STATE'S DYSFUNCTIONAL PROPERTY SYSTEM For more than half a century in Ireland, it seemed that ever(...)

The move to tie rent increases in designated rent-pressure zones to inflation since July is backfiring as inflation is soaring. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s support for the private landlord in Dáil on Tuesday, calling for a balance between regulation of property rental costs and inc(...)

A measure, not finalised, would force property owners and developers to pay the State up to half of the increase in the value of land when it is rezoned for housing. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The Government’s move to rein in land speculation and land inflation – seen as key drivers of house prices here – via the “land value sharing” compone(...)

About 2,000 affordable homes are “on the drawing board” across Dublin city, an official said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s typical househunter is a person or a couple in their early 30s. They are either paying rent while struggling to save for a mortgage deposit,(...)

The new Mill Street Global Student Accommodation in Dublin which has 400 units averaging €1,000 a month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Purpose-built student accommodation have proven controversial, with some critics arguing that they are over-concentrated and unaffordable for (...)

As with other housing incentives, there are pros and cons to rent-to-buy, but many argue that there should be a place for it in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

If you do the sums, it can be quite staggering how the figures add up. With an average monthly rent of about €1,745 in Dublin, a single person or coup(...)

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(...)

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