Lorcan Sirr

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Montrose student residences: Owner Ziggurat is now only offering 12-month leases to students for 20016/17. The block went on sale this week for €41.5m. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Large-scale specialised student accommodation has taken off both in Dublin and around the country, with more units expected over the next three years.(...)

Simon Coveny at the launch of the Government’s housing action plan on Tuesday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said he expects new homes will be delivered in Dublin for a sale price of about €260,000 once measures announce(...)

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(...)

Tom Parlon called for an independent commission to focus on improved infrastructure .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thousands of houses to be built in Ireland over the next few years will turn into “ghost communities” unless services and infrastructure improve sign(...)

A Census Enumerator distributing forms in  Dublin city centre earlier this year. The MacGill Summer School on Tuesday heard collecting data is more difficult than before with no more invites in, cups of tea or helpful tips about the potential whereabouts of the neighbours. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

“Padraig, the Ireland of Mary and Tom is gone”. So a seasoned census enumerator told Padraig Dalton, director general of the Central Statistics Offic(...)

The mortgage lending rules brought in last year have polarised opinion. Proponents argue that a credit bubble wrecked our economy in 2008 and that len(...)

The quality of advice being given to Government Ministers is very poor according to Lorcan Sirr, lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at DI(...)

Socially aware: Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and  Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats. The party has unveiled its housing policy ahead of the election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Social Democrats have proposed a new department of communities, housing and planning, as a means of tackling the housing and homeless crisis. The(...)

The minimum size of all types of apartments that can be built in the city will be reduced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Earlier this year, Dublin City Council was excoriated for proposing studio apartments of 45sq m in just over 7 per cent of new apartment blocks, as lo(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

The announcement in the Budget this week that the National Asset Management Agency will build 20,000 homes by 2020 will go some way to addressing the (...)

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