Lorcan Sirr

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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(...)

“Do we have the capacity to churn out 25,000 houses every year,” asks Lorcan Sirr.

A lecturer in urban economics, housing and rental markets is calling on the Central Bank to revise economic forecasts based on the housing market. Lo(...)

The real addition to the State’s housing stock in 2017 was probably closer to 10,000 than to the headline output number of 14,500 units. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Central Statistics Office’s new housing output numbers appear to have finally put to bed the controversy surrounding the Government’s figures, one(...)

The Department of Housing uses electricity connections as a proxy for counting new builds, but this method has proved entirely unreliable.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten years on from the crash and we still don’t have an accurate measure of housing output. The one metric that might give us an understanding of the s(...)

Government policy appeared to be to bring in “solutions” that were “the most profitable” for the private sector, including “highly profitable” student accommodation and “shared living” developments, said Lorcan Sirr, a  DIT lecturer in housing policy. File photograph: Getty Images

A massive movement similar to the anti-water charges campaign must be mobilised “to force Government action on the housing crisis”, a conference heard(...)

Built in 1959, Croke Villas in Dublin’s north inner city had been mostly vacant for the past decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m standing on a street in Dublin’s north inner city, in the shadow of Croke Park’s Cusack Stand, watching a block of council flats being reduced to (...)

Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin with members of the Fianna Fáil  parliamentary party ahead of the party’s think-in  in Longford, on Monday. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party’s September think-ins are a far cry nowadays from the heady days of Inchydoney in west Cork in 2004 or the Ardilau(...)

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