Mel Reynolds

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Conference delegates heard  the Irish population is expected to grow to 6 million by 2040 with Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford increasing in size by 50 per cent which would necessitate half a million homes being built. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government expects 19,000 houses to be completed by the end of this year and a further 23,000 houses to be finished by 2018. Speaking at a Prope(...)

Dublin City Council, the city authority with the largest population and biggest housing crisis, built just 31 units over the nine-month period. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Local authorities across the State built just 161 social housing units in the first nine months of last year while more than 90,000 people were offici(...)

Photograph: Getty

In 2013, Ireland was bracing itself for a tsunami of house repossessions. The number of homeowners in mortgage arrears of 90 days or more had spiked b(...)

The Government is now planning to impose a levy on investors who are sitting on vacant development sites. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Finance was warned last year that a five-year capital gains tax exemption for certain property funds could clog up the housing marke(...)

The number of new homes built in the State last year was just 2,076, a fraction of the Government’s 15,000 estimate, according to new figures. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

The number of new homes built in the State last year was just 2,076, a fraction of the Government’s 15,000 estimate, according to new figures obtaine(...)

The Department of Housing said the Government is only beginning to build social housing again, with 650 new units developed last year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Census housing figures released this week that show an 11 per cent rise in tenants renting from local councils are “disingenuous”, according to housi(...)

The social housing figure for 2016 is unlikely to be anywhere near the Government’s target of about 900 units a year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

So-called Part V planning regulations, which require developers to set aside 10 per cent of new homes for use as social housing, delivered just 64 new(...)

Architect Mel Reynolds argues that the building programme will deliver ‘executive’ houses that sell for €350,000 and above while we need  homes at around €270,000, that are affordable for a two-income family earning €80,000

For years, it’s been the same old mantra: if you want to make property more affordable, build more homes. It’s a simple case of supply and demand, the(...)

Moody’s warned that a lack of housing could limit the upside for Ireland under a Brexit scenario. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s plan to solve the housing crisis by accelerating the supply is likely to fail and lead only to more young people being priced out of (...)

After a long period of very low levels of supply of new housing, there are very positive signs of increased supply.

The Department of Housing has again defended its use of various housing statistics to estimate home building rates in the economy. In a response to a(...)

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