Inside Ireland’s rental crisis: Surging prices, incoherent policies, and the build-to-rent debate
New data shows a catastrophic shortage of new rental accommodation. Adding a few thousand rental homes – in Dublin only – couldn't possibly be the cure for the rental market.
10th Aug, 2022 - 8 min read
Ireland’s missing homes: How the inflation crisis is choking off next year’s housing supply
As though things weren't bad enough, the spike in inflation has upset the economics of housebuilding. The current level of costs, supply chain disruption and uncertainty is incompatible with Ireland meeting its housing needs, as evidenced by new data.
26th Jul, 2022 - 6 min read
Covid has reshaped the housing market outside of Dublin. Unfortunately, policymakers have yet to realise it
The outbreak of Covid-19 seemed like a classic recipe for falling housing prices. Instead, the opposite happened, and the impact is being felt acutely in counties in Wexford, Waterford, Kerry and Donegal.
12th Jul, 2022 - 5 min read
Official Ireland can’t comprehend how fast the country is growing. That’s a big problem
Official Ireland's view is that the country will grow slowly. In reality, as the census shows, Ireland is one of the fastest-growing countries in Europe. This failure to plan for growth has had catastrophic consequences for Irish infrastructure – not least its housing.
28th Jun, 2022 - 6 min read
A broken blueprint: The system for supporting low-income renters is defective – but it can be fixed
More than half of households that rent are in receipt of State supports, but the system is effectively a lottery. And that lottery is locking people in to and out of a broken system. Ultimately, it is the binary nature of supports that is the problem.
14th Jun, 2022 - 8 min read
Croí Cónaithe, developer profits, and the state’s decision to subsidise apartment construction
Some of those criticising the Croí Cónaithe scheme have been consistent in their suspicion developers are making large profits from building homes. The problem with this theory is that there is effectively no evidence for it.
1st Jun, 2022 - 7 min read
Movers v stayers: How Ireland created a dysfunctional two-tier rental system
Stark new data reveals that sitting tenants have seen rental increases of 40 per cent over the past decade, less than half the increase in the open market, while the average lease length has doubled over the last 15 years. It raises significant questions about the effectiveness of rent controls.
17th May, 2022 - 7 min read
Fact, fiction, and retrofitting: What the data reveals about the energy efficiency of Irish housing stock
An Oireachtas committee heard last week that we may end up "retrofitting the retrofit in ten years' time" due to poor standards. But what do we know about the energy efficiency of homes that are being built now?
4th May, 2022 - 6 min read
Data, demographics, and the elderly: Why a new strand to the housing crisis is coming
Official Ireland has a habit of underestimating population growth. That has come back to haunt us, because we are badly unprepared for coming demographic changes. Policymakers need to act now.