Mel Reynolds

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The State owns or controls enough land to build more than three times as many council homes as planned by Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The State owns or controls enough zoned land to build 114,000 dwellings – half of which could be social housing. This would be enough to clear more (...)

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy last week said 1,014 social houses had been built in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A total of 780 local authority houses were built across the State last year, according to figures published by the Department of Housing. The figure,(...)

More than 2,000 repossessed homes have been offered by banks to the Housing Agency for social housing under a new scheme. File photograph: iStock

More than 2,000 repossessed homes have been offered by banks to the Housing Agency for social housing under a new scheme, but just 163 have been made (...)

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 (...)

CSO figures show planning permissions for housing units rose by nearly 21 per cent to 11,148 in the first three quarters of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number planning permissions granted for apartment units has unexpectedly fallen, despite several Government initiatives to promote higher-density(...)

In Dublin city, where there are 120.6 hectares of local authority-owned land, some 12,017 homes could be built, according to housing policy analyst Mel Reynolds. Photograph: Getty Images

Local authorities could directly build almost 40,000 new social dwellings on their own land – three times as many as are planned under the Government’(...)

“The private sector is only building for the top 20 per cent of the market.” Photograph: iStock

There has been “consistent” underperformance by all local authorities in building social housing, according to new figures obtained by The Irish Times(...)

Homeless people are “quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle they have”, Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Eileen Gleeson said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volunteer groups who are only handing out food and clothing on the streets to long-term homeless people are not helping them, a senior local authority(...)

CSO figures show that, between 2010 and 2016, the average cost of a new home in Dublin increased from €282,289 to €450,274. Photograph: Frank Miller

The average price of a new home in Dublin has risen by nearly 60 per cent in the last six years, while the cost of an existing or second-hand home has(...)

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