Fianna fail needs to offer more substance – and work with the Govt to address health and housing

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By Eamon Delaney Fianna Fail got a small opinion poll rise recently, but sometimes you have to wonder about our second biggest party, and its focus and direction, not to mention internal discipline. Recently, for example, three of its TDs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) called for more disclosure of the President’s spending. But their party leader, Micheal Martin, … Read More

Is your money still safe as houses or are property prices about to crumble?

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By Cormac Lucey Conflicting signals seem to be emerging from the residential property market. Last month The Economist reported that Dublin house prices were 25% overvalued compared with incomes. In August, a survey carried out by the Central Bank and the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland reported that most industry experts now expect residential property prices to rise by … Read More

Reducing construction taxes would get homes built and people housed

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By Paul Molloy This is an article about giving tax incentives to property developers to build the houses they are not currently building. The whole country is affected by this housing crisis, from couples who can’t get on the property ladder, to tenants with little security and rising rents and most importantly for the “new homeless”. The Government believe they … Read More

Housing crisis discussion, hosted by Hibernia Forum

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Next Wednesday, 29th November, the Hibernia Forum will hold another evening discussion, this time on the current housing situation, with Q & A and then drinks afterwards. Housing expert Karl Deeter (pictured, left) and developer Paddy Kelly (right) will talk to us and offer the perspective of the building industry and of landlords. The event will be held in Buswell’s Hotel on Kildare … Read More

We need to be realistic about our housing crisis, and its different causes

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By Eamon Delaney The Government’s director for homelessness in Dublin, Eileen Gleeson, (above) has created major waves with her straight-talking comments on our ongoing housing crisis. Coming on top of the continuing insistence of the Government that Ireland’s housing crisis is ‘not much worse’ than that of many other countries, it suggests that the Taoiseach’s much-vaunted spin machine may need … Read More

Our complex housing crisis is worsened by a sense of entitlement

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By Eamon Delaney     in The Times.ie Our current housing crisis has the potential to consume and divide our political landscape, for years to come. It’ll be just like the water controversy, except even more so, as that impasse was ended suddenly when the establishment basically gave in and surrendered to the public protest. Fine Gael wanted to stay … Read More

Policymakers’ short term principles not addressing risk of new housing bubble

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By Cormac Lucey House prices will continue to rise for the next five to 10 years unless drastic action is taken, a report released last week warned. Ronan Lyons, an economist with the property website Daft.ie, says we are unlikely to see a stabilisation of prices in Ireland’s property market and prices in Dublin will continue to rise faster than … Read More