Ireland's Housing Magazine 2019

Ireland’s Housing Magazine 2019, published in association with eolas magazine and the Housing Agency, is the annual magazine for the Irish housing sector. It features in-depth articles focusing on the major issues, including the progress of Rebuilding Ireland and the challenges of social housing supply, alongside interviews and contributions which explore solutions to the housing crisis.

21st May 2019

John O’Connor, Housing Agency: Foreword

Is it time that we set a maximum floor area for houses? There has been much discussion about the minimum floor area for a home, but little discussion about homes at the other end of the scale. Homes should be environmentally, socially, economically and culturally sustainable. Appropriately sized homes use […]
17th May 2019

Reflecting on progress: Minister Eoghan Murphy TD

We are approaching three years since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, so now is a good time to reflect on the progress we have made and the challenges that remain, writes Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. It is clear we are in the midst of […]
17th May 2019

Rebuilding Ireland: Where are we now?

Launched in 2016, ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ is a €6 billion, multi-annual, broadly based action plan, which seeks to increase the overall supply of new homes to 25,000 per annum by 2020; deliver an additional 50,000 social housing units in the period to 2021; and meet the housing needs of an additional […]
17th May 2019

Cover story: A new model for social housing

Circle Voluntary Housing Association CEO John Hannigan speaks with Odrán Waldron about how reclassification is impeding the ability of Associated Housing Bodies (AHBs) to meet their goals under Rebuilding Ireland and the realities of the provision of social housing in Ireland. “We’re still in crisis in terms of the development […]
17th May 2019

District heating: The future for decarbonising Irish housing stock

The way in which we heat our homes will see the most radical change as Ireland strives to improve its climate performance, writes SSE’s Giles Newton. Climate change is having a profound effect on the world we live in, but how this impacts our day to day lives and how […]
17th May 2019

Creating a sustainable rental sector

eolas magazine hosted a panel discussion with key stakeholders in the housing sector around improving the model for private rental in an era of increasing demand. According to figures produced by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), 65 per cent of unskilled 35 to 44-year-olds in Ireland were owner-occupiers […]
17th May 2019

The housing market

Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, Ronan Lyons, discusses future demand in Ireland’s housing market and how a cooling of inflation in the sales market is not being reflected in the rental sector. After five years of tight supply driving up prices in the sales market, recent evidence […]
17th May 2019

Housing Agency’s Second Strategic Plan

The Housing Agency has recently published its second Strategic Plan to cover the period 2019 – 2021. The Agency is a state body under the aegis of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Its remit is to support the Department, Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) in […]
17th May 2019

Reversing reclassification to deliver more homes

Clúid Housing is 25 years in existence this year. In that time, the organisation has built up its reputation and housing stock to become the largest Approved Housing Body (AHB) in Ireland, with over 17,000 people now living in a home either owned or managed by Clúid, writes Chief Executive […]
17th May 2019

Housing First programme

Bob Jordan, National Director of Housing First, discusses progress through the National Implementation Plan and ongoing work to create awareness and increase understanding of the plan’s ambitions. Jordan explains that the Housing First programme is providing direct access to permanent housing without preconditions. Its national implementation plan, covering the period […]
17th May 2019

Revised Residential Tenancies Bill: Changes to the rental sector

The revised Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2018 (the Bill) was published on 11 April, following amendments at committee stage. It is anticipated the Bill will be enacted shortly and commence on 1 July next Rent Pressure Zone changes The deliberate flouting by landlords of rental controls in Rent Pressure […]
17th May 2019

House prices continue to strengthen

House Prices continue to rise across Ireland with all regions recording a higher average house price in the first quarter of 2019, than at the end of 2018. This is the first time since the middle of 2016 that every single market in the country saw prices rise and only […]
17th May 2019

Fingal County Council working hard to deliver to meet the needs of everyone in need of social housing support

Fingal County Council is continuing to meet the needs of households through a broad range of options, plans and construction projects underway and in the pipeline. Over the past four years, approximately 4,000 social housing solutions have been delivered, well ahead of target, under the Rebuilding Ireland programme. Following that […]
17th May 2019

Ireland’s first social housing PPP bundle

Ireland’s first ever public private partnership (PPP) for the delivery of social housing will provide 534 social homes. This is the first time that the European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested in this type of project. Deputy Director of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), Gerard Cahillane, speaks to Odrán […]
17th May 2019

Apprenticeship is no longer the ‘secondary career option’ for young people in Ireland

There is a growing consensus across the country, and in particular within the further education sector, of the need to direct a greater number of young people towards apprenticeship training as Ireland seeks to invest heavily in housing and infrastructure construction. Myriad companies within the construction sector are now committed […]
17th May 2019

More Social and Affordable Homes Campaign

Chair of the Housing Alliance, Declan Dunne, discusses ambitions to increase the delivery of social and affordable housing by Approved Housing Bodies (ABPs) in Ireland. An acute national problem The current shortage of social and affordable housing in Ireland is one of the most acute problems facing our society. Many […]
17th May 2019

Proposing an alternative

Information obtained by Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD, courtesy of a parliamentary question, reveals that a special investment fund to allow credit unions invest in social housing is not in place. The measure was to have been enacted by the government some months ago. The Fingal TD […]
17th May 2019

Responding to acute need

Respond believes that every person has the right to a secure, affordable home that meets their needs throughout their lifetime, writes Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications. Respond, a not-for-profit housing association, has been working all around Ireland for over 36 years. We firmly believe that housing and decent […]
17th May 2019

Addressing homelessness

The number of homeless people in Ireland, adults and children, totalled 10,264 in February 2019. These official figures were contained in a report published by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government. The figures confirm a rise of 277 people in one month alone from 9,987 in January up […]
17th May 2019

Modular housing

Carol McTaggart, Group Director of Development with the Clanmil Housing Group in Northern Ireland, discusses the delivery of the first social homes in the region to be delivered using off-site construction. McTaggart believes that modular housing can play an important role in solving Northern Ireland’s housing shortfall, with some 24,000 […]
17th May 2019

VacantHomes.ie: Tackling the myriad of vacant homes in Ireland

VacantHomes.ie, the pioneering portal website initiated by Mayo County Council on behalf of the local government sector is proving to be popular with the public, as people continually log vacant properties on to the site, from all across the country. Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council and […]
17th May 2019

The Evolution of the Irish Residential Sector

It seems hard to believe that when international investors began to arrive in the Irish market seeking Multifamily/Build-to-Rent residential investment opportunities in 2011, the concept was alien and yet less than a decade later, residential housing is a mainstream investment sector in its own right, with Build-to-Rent accounting for 30 […]
17th May 2019

Mapping land availability

Following a 32 per cent rise in commencement notices for house building in May 2019, Richard Halleron outlines the creation of an online housing land map and the Land Development Agency (LDA). An online housing land map now features as a key part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative. The interactive […]
17th May 2019

Collaboration is still the key: Unlocking the future for housing

Every week the 24-hour news cycle presents stories of how the world is changing, Brexit, climate change or yellow vests. Non-stop and radical change has created an air of perpetual disruption and uncertainty. Here in Ireland, the simple predominance of an unresolved Brexit and the potential chaos associated with that […]
17th May 2019

In opposition

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD speaks to Richard Halleron about the several fundamental changes he would make, if given the opportunity to take on the role of housing minster. Highlighting his desire to see the country’s capital spend increased from the current figure of €1.2 billion risen […]
17th May 2019

Equity funds, our new landlords

For a long time, the Irish have had a deep-rooted need to own their homes, unlike our neighbours in many parts of Europe. This was explained by hundreds of years of foreign rule with little tenant security. It seems that we have come full circle, writes Maples Group Partner Mary […]
17th May 2019

Vienna: Europe’s city of Social Housing

The Vienna housing model, where 45 per cent of housing is classified as social or affordable, is internationally recognised for its delivery of sustainable, high-quality residential development through a cost-rental approach and can help inform future policy direction in Ireland. Vienna has a population of approximately 1.8 million people, making […]
17th May 2019

Towards a fully electronic property registration system

As the Property Registration Authority implements its Statement of Strategy 2019-2021, Liz Pope, CEO, looks back on the long and proud history of protecting and recording property rights and transactions in Ireland, and looks forward to the future of title registration. The Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established in 2006 […]
17th May 2019

A state-led approach to housing

In April the Labour Party introduced a housing motion in Dáil Éireann themed: ‘Building Homes for the Future’ arguing for a shift away from a “market-led approach” to housing. Debating the motion, Brendan Ryan TD says: “The time for a state-led approach to housing is long overdue and, unfortunately, this […]
17th May 2019

Leading change and doing things differently

At a time of unprecedented housing need in Ireland, with almost 140,000 people on housing waiting lists and over 10,000 people experiencing homelessness, there continues to be an urgent need to not only increase the national stock of social and affordable housing but to provide individuals and families with supports […]
17th May 2019

Two new areas meet the rent pressure zone criteria

Two new areas have been designated as rent pressure zones, the first time new areas have been added to the scheme since 2017. However, while it is estimated that national rents are some 7 per cent higher than the previous year, Q4 2018 marked the first time that the standardised […]
17th May 2019

Neighbourhood regeneration

The London School of Economics’ Bert Provan discusses neighbourhood regeneration and what actually matters to residents. Discussing ambitions by the UK Government to use regeneration strategies to provide new and better homes across the country, as well as contributing to the growth of local economies, Provan points to schemes that […]
17th May 2019

Apartment living

Compared with our European neighbours, Ireland has a relatively small proportion of our population living in apartments — about 7 per cent compared to the EU norm of closer to 40 per cent. However, in recent years, the number of apartments has increased considerably — between 2002 and 2016 there […]
17th May 2019

Innovative homelessness solutions

Traceable cashless donations, Japanese capsule style accommodation and upcycled decommissioned rescue boats were some of the leading ideas to emerge from a hack homelessness event held in Trinity College Dublin. Representatives from homelessness and housing organisations, as well as social innovation coaches and mentors joined over 100 students at Trinity […]
17th May 2019

Housing Conference 2018

The annual Housing Conference 2018 sponsored by Beauchamps, brought together key stakeholders for an interesting day of discussion surrounding the latest developments from across the sector. Some of the featured speakers in attendance at the conference included representatives from the Housing Agency, Clúid Housing, City of Edinburgh Council and Dublin […]