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(...)

Minister for the Environment Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s new Housing Action Plan on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Economist Colm McCarthy has said Government assistance for first-time buyers will not address the issue of a shortage of housing and will only serve t(...)

Homes being built at Thornwood Houses at Beaumont this year. Planning permission is in place for 26,886 homes in Dublin’s four local authority areas but only 4,809 are under construction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 10,000 homes are expected to be built each year in Dublin city and county under the Government’s housing action plan – a threefold increase in (...)

“There is some recognition of the need to avoid mistakes made in the past, notably the construction of vast single-class social housing estates that have taken decades to mature”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

According to Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness is a “really ambitious and far-reaching(...)

Last month, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly issued Planning Guidelines on Design Standards for New Apartments that reduced the minimum size of apartments that could be built in Dublin and elsewhere. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Property industry representatives and planners have said they urged the Department of the Environment to test new rules on apartment sizes six months (...)

Mary Hughes, president of the Irish Planning Institute, will discuss planning for future housing demand. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The timing of this year’s Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) annual conference may have been prophetic when it was scheduled within two day(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: wrote to council chief executive Owen Keegan last month. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

In December 2007, Dublin City Council changed its development plan to increase the minimum size of one-bedroom apartments to 55sq m and restrict apart(...)

Adamstown’s underutilised train station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Planning Institute has warned against lowering apartment standards in a “knee-jerk” reaction to the housing crisis.The institute was respond(...)

Prof Jan Gehl said Ireland and other former British colonies “have allowed traffic planners to exert undue influence, with silly ideas like every time a pedestrian approaches a crossing, they have to ‘apply’ to cross the street when it should be a human right”.

Dublin needs “thousands more” seats or park benches in the city centre, according to renowned Danish urbanist Jan Gehl. He found it astonishing ther(...)

Everyone whose power supply was cut as a result of recent storms will appreciate the value of having a reliable supply of electricity – and the heroic(...)

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