Tom Parlon

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has a remit to sovle the housing crisis. But the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) warns that without “a concomitant increase in capital investment in infrastructure” the government’s plan to increase housing supply up to 25,000 houses each year by 2020 risks creating “unsustainable ghost communities in the regions”. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called on the new Government to significantly increase the public capital programme to begin to fast-t(...)

Regina Doherty on water charges: “The bills are legal, they’re valid, they will be collected. It mightn’t happen in the next couple of weeks but the bills are not going to magically disappear and I would advise people whether they’re elected or not elected to pay the bills.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water bills are not going to “magically disappear” and must be paid by members of the public and the Dáil, according to new Government Chief Whi(...)

Ruth Coppinger: Tax breaks for house building will come with a “social cost”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “help to buy scheme”, in which the State takes a 20 per cent stake in a new home, should be introduced to help home buyers, an Oireachtas committee(...)

The CIF says the Central Bank rules “give no credit to a couple seeking a mortgage for the fact that they might be paying €20,000 a year for rent”

The Construction Industry Federation urged the governor of the Central Bank of Ireland to ease its mortgage lending rules for first-time buyers at a (...)

About 21,000 new homes will be needed each year for the next three years to meet demand, according to a new report by the Housing Agency.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

Housing looks set to be the key issue facing any incoming government. However, as consensus on the issues involved and how best they can be addressed(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

The construction industry lobbied the government for a property stimulus package three months prior to the   establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama).

Three months prior to the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) up to deal with the mess left by the property and banking colla(...)

Tom Parlon, director general of the Construction Industry Federation, says the industry is looking to 2016 with “some measure of optimism”

Some €15.6 billion worth of construction projects are in the pipeline in Ireland for this year, according to a report by Construction Information Serv(...)

Dumbing down apartment design

Nobody would wish to revert to the era of “shoebox flats”, of the type turned out in such large numbers by Zoe Developments Ltd, the principal vehicle(...)

Stefan Gerlach (right) and economist John FitzGerald at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland annual conference in Dublin  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Risky lending by the banks is not the solution to the housing crisis, the deputy governor of the Central Bank, Stefan Gerlach, has said. Referring to (...)

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