Campaigner for the homeless Fr Peter McVerry has said Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would have to fix the housing crisis if they go into government ‘or get massacred at the next general election’. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Housing campaigner Fr Peter McVerry said he takes heart from the fact that a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition government would have to fix the housing (...)

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien has sought a meeting with the Land Development Agency  without Department of Housing officials present. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Local authority managers would be given more executive powers to dilute the ability of councillors to delay or block the sale of council land for hous(...)

Shouldn’t height deliver more affordable apartments. Photograph: Getty

We’re repeatedly told the answer to Ireland’s housing problem is to build up, not out – in other words more apartments in urban areas. But developers (...)

Figures from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) estimated that just over 8,000 of the 21,000 homes completed last year were made available for sale to the public. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two reports this week underlined the extent of the housing challenge facing whichever parties form the next government. Figures from the Construction (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘Galvanising a new government to deliver what needs to be done would be a huge task for Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar – and they will both know it.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was a lot of talk in the election campaign about what would be delivered – but very little about how it would be delivered. But the challenge of(...)

‘All parties will see the demand for change and more investment – to combat the housing crisis, congestion, long commutes and overcrowded emergency departments.’

It made sense that the 2016 general election was driven by the ongoing hurt over the economic crisis which made Fine Gael’s “Keep the Recovery Going” (...)

Fine Gael has expanded its Help to Buy scheme until 2021. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Housing Fix is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing (...)

Irish people must live more like mainland Europeans.The Government’s strategy is to develop accommodation closer to city centres. This saves on commuting time and cuts the necessity to own a car.

“The Housing Fix” is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing (...)

The roots of the housing crisis are deep – stretching back before the great economic crisis – and so making progress in tackling it is difficult. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Not surprisingly, the housing crisis has been a dominant issue in the election campaign so far. From homelessness to record rents, unaffordable homes (...)

‘The Government needs to set up a taskforce urgently to assess why houses are much more expensive to build outside Dublin city centre than major English cities,’ says Ballymore Group founder Sean Mulryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘The Housing Fix’ is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing the(...)

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