Paudie Coffey

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Houses for sale in Dublin. Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford has criticised the State’s ‘fixation’ with home ownership. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State’s “fixation’’ with house ownership has to change, Renua Ireland Senator Paul Bradford has said. Mr Bradford said: “We need to look across t(...)

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

A construction summit in Dublin on Tuesday will bring together some of the leading figures in the industry at a time of renewed optimism in the sector(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

Minister of State Paudie Coffey said “strong progress” had been made with more than two-thirds of unfinished estates of the more than 3,000 registered by local authorities in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

State-owned IBRC and insurance companies licensed by the State are refusing to honour bonds to allow the completion of unfinished estates where dev(...)

Housing in Dublin. More than €4 million has been allocated to local authorities to provide accommodation for Traveller families, with almost a quarter of the funds to be used to house Travellers in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

More than €4 million has been allocated to local authorities to provide accommodation for Traveller families, with almost a quarter of the funds to be(...)

‘They have even suggested that there should be a “Minister’s list” for “practically trained architects, whereby they could be facilitated to continue in their work, subject to defined criteria” – in other words, covering people who have no professional qualifications.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants to make it even easier for people to build houses in the countryside by loosening the current requiremen(...)

Not a week goes by without Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly revealing some new nugget from the €3.8 billion plan which aims to eliminate the social housing waiting list by 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is determined to get value out of the social housing strategy he published last November.Not a week goes by wi(...)

A letter was sent to then minister for local government Phil Hogan from Carlow County Council seeking extra funds. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Carlow County Council received an additional €1 million last year after its members vowed to take up their budget grievances with local TD and then m(...)

 Paudie Coffey, Minister of State with responsibility for housing and planning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A package of measures aimed at breathing new life into towns and city centres blighted by shop closures and vacant sites is set to be announced by th(...)

“Focused on what?” snorted Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen at the Taoiseach. “You’re like a rabbit in the headlights.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a quiet return for our Hardly Here At All Dáil, easing itself back into the onerous task of occasionally sitting. It’s a bit like embarking on (...)

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