Lorcan Sirr

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Tens of thousands of people will be stuck not being able to afford their own homes or access social housing if current policies continue, a housing expert has said. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tens of thousands of people will be stuck not being able to afford their own homes or access social housing if current policies continue, a housing ex(...)

A leading housing expert has criticised the Government’s ‘misleading’ figures for the number of new homes built last year. File photograph: Getty Images

A leading housing expert has criticised the Government’s “misleading” figures for the number of new homes built last year and said that a different me(...)

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(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said people living in overcrowded situations were all too often missing from the debate about the housing crisis. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The “devastating” scale of the State’s housing crisis has been exposed by new figures, charities in the homelessness sector said on Thursday. Focus(...)

Experts claim the 15,000 figure for house completions last year being used by Minister for Housing Simon Coveney bears little relationship to the number of new homes being built. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Housing has rejected claims that its measure of house building in the economy is unreliable and may be inflating the true level of (...)

Ahead of the meeting, committee chairwoman Maria Bailey said the focus will be ‘to examine how current programmes and schemes are addressing the issues of vacant housing and derelict sites. File photograph: Frank Miller

The Government’s Housing Agency has rejected half the repossessed houses and apartments offered by banks for social housing, an Oireachtas housing com(...)

Official estimates for dwelling completions are based on ESB meter connection data, which typically overcount the level of new builds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Official estimates for the number of new homes being built each year in Ireland are entirely unreliable and may be overestimating the level of supply(...)

At the height of the boom in 2006, the State built 90,000 new homes, nearly twice the level of demand, which was retrospectively estimated at 50,000. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

We’re told the magic number is 30,000. That is the level of new house builds needed to satisfy demand and halt the spiral of rising prices. Currently(...)

The vast majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes, a major new study has found.  File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The vast majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes because they like the location rather than necessarily the home itself , a ma(...)

Lorcan Sirr from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) said while 12,666 new homes were completed last year the State’s housing stock, as measured by the Central Statistics Office, only increased by 6,282. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The supply of new homes in Ireland may be up to 75 per cent less than the official figures suggest, a leading housing expert has claimed. Lorcan Sir(...)

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