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The Government is under intense pressure to address the State’s housing problems amid a series of rallies and sit-in protests. Up to 10,000 people took part in the #RaiseTheRoof protest  in Dublin last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leading housing experts have warned the Government not to introduce short-term measures to address the current crisis in Tuesday’s budget, suggesting (...)

“We can get incredible value, because we’re buying in bulk.” Conor Skehan, chairman of the Housing Agency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 370 vacant houses and apartments have been bought using a €70 million fund established a year and a half ago to provide 1,600 homes for soci(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 20/12/2017 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection by the Minister of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh. The 29 units comprise 14 three bed and 15 four bed homes. The houses were built by Dublin City Council and Sophia has been tasked with maintaining the development and supporting residents. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) wants to reclassify the State’s largest housing agencies as public rather than private bodies in a move that could(...)

Daniel O’Connor with his daughters, Stacy and Sophie, at their home in Tallaght after finally getting their mortgage-to-rent approval after 100 hours of negotiations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Danny O’Connor (42), a single father of three, was described as a “perfect candidate” for the mortgage-to-rent (MTR) scheme when he applied in 2015. (...)

“The reality of HAP is that it is an insecure and private contractual arrangement that can be pulled from under the tenant’s feet at the mercy of their landlord.” Photograph: Getty Images

A key aspect of the Government’s strategy to deliver social housing is not working for an increasing number of families, housing experts have warned. (...)

Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, Co Dublin: up to 800 apartments are understood to be affected by defects. Photograph: Eric Luke

A social housing organisation is facing costs of more than €500,000 to fix fire safety defects at an apartment block in Beacon South Quarter in Sandy(...)

The Government’s Housing Agency will target portfolios of distressed properties held by banks. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s Housing Agency expects to achieve discounts of up to 10 per cent on the market value of private homes it plans to bulk-buy for social(...)

Local authorities  supplied 9,000 housing units last year and  9,000 are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The voluntary housing sector has called for Government action to cut the time it takes to complete developments. Planning procedures, potential leg(...)

Father Peter McVerry: welcomed the expansion of the Housing First programme which moves people straight from rough sleeping into housing

The test of the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness will be “when we see roofs over people’s heads”, Focus Ireland said. The homel(...)

Owen Keegan CEO of Dublin City Council: wants to allow apartment blocks up to 28 metres tall  in “low-rise” areas of the city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Apartment blocks eight to 10 storeys in height produce the “best outcomes” in terms of housing provision, chairman of the Housing Agency Conor Skehan(...)

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