House under construction in south Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities can deliver housing at significantly cheaper rates than the private sector, according to the Department of Housing’s own figures. W(...)

The EPA also said an unacceptable number of sources of water continue to be unmonitored. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Too many private water supplies are threatening the health of thousands of people because of the level of contamination being found in supplies, accor(...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan pictured at the North Bull Island, in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A strategic review of the role of National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has been announced by the Government – in response to a key demand from(...)

Some of these new modes of accommodation need to brought on stream by mid-2021 and several accommodation pilots should be set up to reflect the need for ‘urgent momentum’, notes the report. File photograph: Irish Times

Contracts for direct provision centres should no longer be renewed and all emergency accommodation centres housing asylum seekers should be closed by (...)

While the cost of building certain apartments had come down in recent years, reflecting changes to the design guidelines, the report said affordability remains ‘a huge challenge’. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

The cost of delivering a two-bed apartment in Dublin ranges from €359,000 for a low-rise unit in the suburbs to as much as €619,000 for a high-rise un(...)

Should those living in large houses after their children leave  be encouraged by the State to trade down? Photograph: iStock

There are few more emotive subjects in Ireland than the “family home”. And we do seem to live in bigger homes than the average. A European Commission (...)

The Affordable Purchase Shared Equity scheme will be aimed predominantly at first-time buyers, although Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien recently said there will be ‘some exceptions’. Photograph: Alan Betson

With property prices remaining surprisingly resilient, albeit against a background of reduced supply, the introduction this year of a new affordable h(...)

In Dublin, the number of homeless single adults surpassed 3,000 for the first time last month. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times/ File

The number of homeless single adults continues to increase even as overall homelessness figures fall, the latest figures show. In Dublin destitution(...)

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin: ‘The Minister now needs to ensure that the full allocation is spent in 2021.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The entire Traveller housing budget this year has been drawn down for the first time since 2014 – with spending the highest in decades. A total of €1(...)

St Michael’s estate, Inchicore, where the new development is proposed to be built. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Plans for Dublin city’s first cost-rental scheme at the former St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in April. Rents(...)

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