Of the 46 derelict sites listed almost three and a half years ago on Dublin City Council’s register, 18 are still on the list.
Will Councils Be Resourced to Tackle Illegal Short-term Lets?
Most of the complaints to the council since the beginning of 2017 are still being looked into, and less than a quarter of the properties are back under long-term leases.
Concerns About Whether Vacant-Homes Officers Have Time for the Role
If they’re going to make an impact, they should be focused on the issue full-time – and not just be existing staff members now endowed with an extra title, says Francis Doherty, of Peter McVerry Trust.
The Social-Housing Waiting List Is Shrinking
Thousands have been wiped off it, and thousands more have been moved to a different list. The number actually getting council-owned homes remains tiny.
Dublin City Council Has Bought Kilmainham Mills, Says Mayor
The council intends to use the long-vacant site for heritage purposes, says Lord Mayor Nial Ring.
Council Tells More Than 50 Construction Sites They Can Work Outside Normal Hours
Across the city in recent times, residents have complained of construction noise in the early morning, or late at night.
Many Years On, Two Council Buildings on Bolton Street Are Still Empty
For years the council has been saying they will be made into apartments for people who are homeless. But that still hasn’t happened.
Busy Residential Tenancies Board Increases Spending on Room Hire for Hearings
Within the first six months of this year, the RTB spent more on hiring rooms for hearings than it did for all of last year.
As a Tower Rises in Docklands, Construction Workers Protest
They say companies are cutting paperwork corners in ways that can mean less pay, or at least fewer benefits, for the workers.
Councillors Call for Review of Plans for Housing in Docklands
“We have seen a lot of cranes in the Docklands but not a lot of homes. Particularly affordable homes,” says Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe.
Vacancy Watch: St Catherine's Gate along the Grand Canal
The complex used to serve as emergency accommodation for 29 homeless families.
Councillors Left Out of Loop in Proposed Sale of Cherrywood Lands
Because the land is owned by a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council-owned company, and not the council itself, councillors won’t get their usual say in whether it is sold at this stage.
Residents Say the Noise of Construction Is Stressing Them Out
The area around Kevin Street Upper is pockmarked with building sites.
Council Officials Suggest Selling Land in Liberties for Student Housing
It’s a smallish patch – but some local councillors say they’re against the idea as they grow more concerned about the lack of apartments and houses being built in the neighbourhood.
Council Chief Suggests Selling Off Some Land to Fund Super Depots
Some of the other depot sites could be used for social and affordable housing, a report to councillors says.
One Woman Documents Her 15-Year Battle for a Healthy Home
From a hole in the kitchen wall to drips from the ceiling, over the years Rita Cahill has catalogued an array of problems with her home, built as part of the Ballymun regeneration.
Should More CIÉ Land Be Used for Affordable Housing?
As a major landowner, state-owned Córas Impair Éireann (CIÉ) is helping to shape the city. But is it acting in the interests of all?
In Council's Plans for Regeneration, Where Will It Move People To?
Dublin City Council faces challenges in its plans to renovate or rebuild more than 6,000 apartments. What will it do with those who live in the complexes?
After Tenants Moved on, One Apartment Saw a 46 Percent Rent Increase
Genna Patterson and Kevin Murray say they wanted to flag how the rent had gone up in their old apartment, but were frustrated by the rules.
When Working on Housing Issues, Finding the Owner Is Often the First Challenge
There should be a comprehensive, public database of who owns the properties in the city, says Francis Doherty of Peter McVerry Trust. “It’s in the public interest, the common good.”
At One Address, Two Families Faced Smashed Windows and Threats
Iness and Michel Lunga went to the council, the RTB and the Gardaí for help, but last week had to move out. A previous tenant says he went through something similar.
Several Visions Emerge for Building on Council Land in Inchicore
It’s been more than three years since Dublin City Council said it planned to use its biggest sites for housing, including land at St Michael’s Estate.
A Talk Offers Advice on How to Share a House With Others
“There are rules around bringing [new] people in, and people don’t know what they can and can’t do, which could put the tenancy at risk,” says Stephen Large of Threshold.
Meeting on "Affordable Housing" Leaves Coolock Locals with Questions
“We are trying to lease the entire development to the government,” said Maurice Gillick of Platinum Land.
Dublin City Council Fails for Now in Bid to Buy Kilmainham Mills
The council had put in a bid, but says it’s been unsuccessful in securing the site – and that a private company has bought it instead.
At Constitution Hill Flats, Plans for Redevelopment Edge Along
The 88 council-owned homes are due to be redeveloped, but some residents want to know more about what the plan is – though they wonder whether they can trust whatever council officials may tell them.
Vacancy Watch: A South Dublin Apartment Complex That's Emptying Out
There are 51 apartments in the complex, which lies south of Dundrum. In January 2017, 34 were occupied, but now only 23 are.
Is This How to Build "Affordable" Homes in Dublin?
A “cost-rental” pilot project may deliver two-beds at a cost far below what’s on the market, says Housing Agency CEO John O’Connor.
Priced Out of Docklands Developments, Council Looks for Its Social Housing Elsewhere
The council says it wants mixed neighbourhoods so it tries to gets its slice of “Part V” social housing on-site in new developments. Costs mean it’s looking to relax that.
As Government Ponders, More and More Renters Asked for Big Deposits
Six months ago, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy announced plans for a cap on the deposit a landlord can ask for from a renter. It’s not in place yet.
Help Fund a Big Survey of Homeless People's Experiences of Hostels and the Freephone
Great news, thanks to 72 supporters, as of 30 March, we now have enough to pay a market-research firm to do this survey. Thanks everyone! We’ll get to work.
Councillors Cross Fingers and Vote to Rezone Industrial Land in Coolock to Residential
The landowners lobbied for the change and told councillors they plan to develop affordable housing there. Some councillors worry they’ll just flip it once its value rises.
As Council Rebuilds Dolphin House, Some Residents Worry It Has Stopped Listening to Them
They say the council consulted with them extensively early on, and incorporated some of their ideas into the plans – but then it made changes.
A Revamped Effort to Crowdmap Dublin's Vacant Homes
With help from Dubliners and the Space Engagers app, the Peter McVerry Trust hopes to identify and bring back into use 45 vacant homes by 2020.
Crowded Households in Dublin – and Where They Are – Mapped
In one part of the north inner city, more than 35 percent of households had more than one person per room. And more than 8 percent had more than 2.5 people per room. Guess which?
Government Plans Affordable Rental Scheme Near Sandyford
If it goes ahead, it would mean 50 or so homes through a cost-rental model.
Concerns over Amount of Social Housing in Cherrywood Site
The developer of this part of the site, Hines, said there was a misprint in its application and it will fulfil its obligations.
Are Those Bricklayers Building Social Housing Really "Self-Employed"?
Some are concerned that many workers on building sites are falsely being classed as self-employed to keep costs down. It means they’ll miss out on supports if they lose their jobs.
For the Second Time, a Mother and Her Children Face Eviction and Homelessness
Sonia Traynor feels she was duped into accepting the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme, which offers no more stability than any other private rented tenancy.
Dublin City Council Bids to Buy Kilmainham Mills
It’s unclear, as yet, if the offer will be accepted.
Did the Government Build as Much Social Housing as it Says?
The Department of Housing wouldn’t give a breakdown of how much each council built in 2017, making it harder to verify. But we’ve pieced some together.
Lifted Out of Homelessness, HAP Tenants Might Fall Back In
Some councillors have raised concerns that those reliant on the rent subsidy are just as vulnerable to evictions as other tenants.
Some Councillors Wary of Move for "Family Hubs" to Be Run by Private Companies
Others say it doesn’t matter what type of organisations are running these new homeless hostels for families, as long as the quality of service is good, and they are well monitored.
Podcast: Can Social Housing Save Us?
With our friends from Banter, we organised a discussion about the social housing system, and the role it might play in easing the critical shortage of affordable housing in Dublin. If you didn’t make it to the event, you can listen to it here.
Help Us Report: Is Your Landlord Selling Up?
It can be a hassle to chase down whether a landlord does actually sell up when they say they plan to. So let us check for you.
Councillors Push for Affordable Homes Pilot on St Michael's Estate
They already backed plans for 50 percent private housing on the site, but hope to rework that and make it 100-percent public housing.
Are People on Rent Subsidies Crowded into Certain Parts of the City?
Recent figures for different neighbourhoods show that low-income tenants who rely on rent-subsidies are far from spread evenly across the city.
Councillors Move to Protect Kilmainham Mills by Rezoning It
“There is nothing to stop a developer building even inside the old stone walls,” says People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh. “That’s what we’re trying to prevent.”
Are Those New? The Government's Social Housing Figures Don't Add Up
A chunk of the new social housing that the government has delivered in recent years has been from one source: “voids”, vacant homes that have been refurbished. But some are confused by the figures.
How Proactive Is the Council in Tackling Illegal Short-Term Lets?
One woman sent the council links to 20 properties on Airbnb but was told that the council couldn’t follow it up.
In Drumcondra, Raising the Water Level to Force out Homeless People
In July this year, Waterways Ireland raised the water level to prevent people from sleeping or doing drugs under Binns Bridge, where Dorset Street crosses the Royal Canal.
Help Us Report: Where Are You Now?
We would like to talk to renters who have had to move when the government closed their homes for being overcrowded and/or substandard.
Would a Public Register Help Prevent Illegal Rent Hikes?
Some argue that a public register would help tenants to make sure the rent they are charged isn’t more than it should be. But is it worth giving up some privacy?
As Winter Approaches, Will New Homeless Hostels Face Opposition?
It hasn’t been easy to find places to put new hostels, says independent Councillor Christy Burke, who also volunteers helping homeless people.
While Waiting to Rebuild Them, Should the Council Refurbish Flat Complexes?
Many council-owned apartments are sitting empty in ageing complexes scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt in the coming years. Some argue that people could live in them in the meantime.
In Ballymun, Lidl Is Planning a Store, 364 Student Beds, Shops, and Offices
Local residents are sceptical, wondering why the old shopping centre can’t be revived instead, and remembering all the false promises they’ve been given in the past.
Renter? You Might Not Be Allowed to Adopt a Pet
Although not all shelters rule out renters, and not all landlords rule out pet owners, in Dublin’s tight rental market, being a pet lover can make things even tougher.
Lynam's, Revisited: Were Councillors Told the Full Truth?
A copy of an independent fire inspector’s report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, does not appear to clear the building as fire-safe and ready for occupancy.
Vacancy Watch: A Giant Council-Owned Site in Belmayne
The council owns 11 hectares in Belmayne, perhaps enough for 1,000 new homes. One councillor wonders why the council isn’t working faster to develop it.
As Government Discusses, Dubliners Complain of Spread of Short-Term Lets
As government thinks about how best to regulate the conversion of apartments from homes into short-term holiday lets, companies continue their conversions.
Newmarket Developers Say Markets Will Stay after Changes
While there are concerns about how a planned redevelopment of Newmarket Square will affect local businesses, the developers behind the project say it will be good for everybody.
Is the Government at Risk of Overpaying for Social Housing?
Some argue that the way the government currently gets social housing from some developers is bad value for money.
Fire-Safety Failures Again Highlight Lack of Independent Oversight
Oppermann Associates, which was also the architect on the troubled Priory Hall development, was architect on at least one of the schools recently found to have fire-safety defects.
Why Is the Old Whitehall College Building Empty?
A rapid-build structure put up by Western Building Systems, the NSAI inspected it in 2009, and since 2014 it has been embroiled in a court case.
The Land-Hoarder Challenge
Imagine you’ve invested in land in Dublin. How might government policies affect whether you hoard it or not? Play our game to see. Illustrations by Aidan Harte.
A New Group Wants Dubliners to Team Up to Build Their Own Homes
Architect Gregory Jackson wants to roll-out a co-housing project in Foxrock. But there are challenges.
FOI Chief Overrules Government Refusal to Release Fire-Safety Reports
The Office of the Information Commissioner has ruled that the Department of Education must release fire-safety reports for a number of schools. The department has four weeks to appeal.
With Refurbishments Come Evictions and Rent Rises for Tenants
The housing charity Threshold says it’s had an increased number of calls from people who are being evicted on the grounds of “substantial refurbishment”.
Beyond Cherrywood, all Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sites Face Affordability Issues
Government LIHAF subsidies to private developers, meant in part to produce affordable housing, might produce a 0.5 percent discount on a €470,000 home.
Landlords Use Evictions to Skirt Cap on Rent Rises, Tenants Say
“Our research repeatedly shows that the largest single cause of family homelessness is landlords selling up and using loopholes in the law to evict families,” says Mike Allen of Focus Ireland.
Owners of Vacant Homes Turn Down Deals to Use Them
“People are sitting on assets and they don’t need the rent,” says Francis Doherty, communications officer at the Peter McVerry Trust.
In Newmarket Square, Will Indie Businesses Remain After Redevelopment?
Some say they welcome the planned redevelopment of the square, but that it would be a loss to the city if existing businesses did not form part of its future.
Might Dublin See its First Community Land Trust?
A group of entrepreneurial Dubliners are eyeing up the land at St Michael’s Estate for a different kind of affordable housing, built through a community land trust.
Some of Dublin's Homeless Say They Are Refused Sleeping Bags
“Sleeping bags are provided to clients as a humanitarian response when there is no accommodation available,” says the DRHE. But rough-sleepers say that doesn’t always happen.
Vacancy Watch: A Derelict Plot Across from the Bernard Shaw
The site has been subject to a half-dozen planning applications over the last number of years. It’s on the council’s Vacant Sites Register, but its owners are appealing that.
Councillors Voted to Sell Properties, Only for Them to Sit Derelict
Dublin City Councillors sometimes agree to sell off a property with the proviso that the buyer must start redeveloping it within months. That doesn’t always happen.
Council Briefs: Tackling Damp, and Access to Social-Housing Info
Dublin city councillors voted to set up a group to look at solutions to damp and condensation, and learnt that they have partial access to social-housing-list details.
Why Do Letting Agents Invite Such Big Crowds of People to Viewings?
Some letting agents don’t limit the number of people invited to viewings of up-for-rent homes, so as many as 100 might show up. Some say it’s fair, others that it’s heartless.
Why Do So Many Homeless Hostels Only Open at Night?
In cities such as Belfast and Glasgow, only a small number of beds for homeless people are night-time-only. Can, and should, we move away from them here?
Varied "Affordability" for Planned Homes, Council Documents Show
Councillors in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown want more details on how affordable homes will be on a site in Cherrywood that’s been allocated part of a €200 million government fund.
How to Kill a City, Reviewed
In this book, which offers lessons for Dublin, Peter Moskowitz looks at the growing inequality of American cities – and how planning and housing policies have pushed aside the poorest.
How Did a Co-op Build Affordable Homes in Ballymun ... and Can It Be Done Elsewhere?
Hugh Brennan says that the Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance has the capacity to scale up.
What's to Stop Old Buildings From Falling Apart?
Dublin City Council has only one conservation officer, and it lost its only buildings-at-risk officer back in 2009.
As Homeless "Family Hubs" Open, There's a Void in External Oversight
As Dublin City Council rolls out its nine planned “family hubs”, some are asking who is going to be keeping an eye on standards and child-protection.
In the Dáil, Coveney Defends Housing Fund, Without Concrete Details of Affordability
The government has chosen the housing projects that will get LIHAF money, which requires developers to commit to some affordability. But it seems it doesn’t have final agreements on how much.
The New Urban Crisis, Reviewed
Richard Florida, author of 2002’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”, is back with a follow-up that looks at soaring housing prices in the world’s most successful cities, and offers some solutions.
Council Briefs: Locating Homeless Hubs, and Affordable Housing at Poolbeg West
At meetings this week, councillors discussed where exactly “family hubs” for homeless families will be, and settled on social and affordable housing figures for Poolbeg West.
Should Docklands Developers Be Hiring More Docklanders?
As more sites are lined up for office buildings and apartment complexes, some are wondering how best to make sure that local residents benefit from the work it will bring.
Dublin City Councillors Dig in to Demand More Social and Affordable Housing
Plans for the Poolbeg SDZ would make 10% of 3,500 homes social housing. Councillors want to double or triple that, and add affordable housing too. They’re preparing for a showdown.
Despite €200 Million Subsidy for Developers, Questions over Affordable Housing
A project by developer Hines in Cherrywood, for example, got €15.19 million in funding, meant to encourage affordable housing, for which there is as yet no plan in place.
What's Happening With the Stella Cinema in Rathmines?
Part of the facade was apparently removed just before councillors voted to start the process of putting the building on the list of protected structures.
After Years of Nothing, the Council Moves to Buy Derelict Buildings
Dublin City Council can force owners of derelict sites to sell to them, but it has only done that rarely in the past. This year, things are beginning to change.
For Mountjoy Square Apartments, Questions Over Speed of Planning Enforcement
When fire broke out at 1/2 Mountjoy Square in February, some pointed to a history of planning complaints at the property.
What Does Affordable Rental Mean . . . and for Who?
There’s a plan to build “affordable” housing on some council lands. But what does “affordable” mean, who would build it, and who would live there?
Above Shops, Thousands of Apartments Are Still Sitting Vacant
While obstacles discouraging their owners from opening them up and renting them out seem well understood, progress on smoothing the way has been slow.
Why Is So Much Student Accommodation Going Up?
“I’m curious as to why this is happening … suddenly there’s a load of it. Is it EU grant led?” asks a reader.
Vacancy Watch: a Row of Vacant Homes on Bray Road
If your commute runs south from the city past Cherrywood, you might have noticed a row of boarded-up properties on Bray Road. Why are they empty?
Beyond AirBnb, Other Companies Are Using Homes for Holiday Lets
Even while there’s a shortage of housing for Dubliners, companies have converted residential apartment blocks in the city into holiday lets for tourists.
Council Report Tries to Spot Businesses among Airbnb Hosts
Dublin City Council and the Department of Housing are looking at further regulating Airbnb, amid concerns it could be contributing to the housing shortage.
Women Rough-Sleepers Told There Are No Beds
There were no beds available for women in homeless hostels on 15 February, according to Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. And some say it wasn’t a one-night problem.
Council Briefs: Airbnb, Borrowing to Build, and Luxury Homes
At their monthly housing committee meeting, councillors talked about plans to further research the impact of Airbnb on the housing market, and more.
Coveney's Promise: How Will the Council Get Homeless People Out of Hotels?
Some councillors are wary about whether the council’s strategy for moving homeless families from hotels by 1 July is going work.
Council Says It Has Shelved Dublin House Project
First announced back in 2014, the effort to get a group of households to build a home on a vacant city-centre site has been chalked up as good idea, wrong time.
Is the Government Going to Start Counting the Hidden Homeless?
Rough sleepers and people living in emergency accommodation are counted as homeless. But couch-surfers, squatters, car-sleepers and many others are left out of the statistics.
Could the Council Turn Over Vacant Social Housing Faster and Cheaper?
Some councillors argue that Dublin City Council carries out unnecessary and costly works on vacant council homes, when they’re in decent condition and tenants are eager to move in.
Vacancy Watch: A Boarded-Up Pub on an Aungier St Corner
Dublin City Councillors have agreed to sell the old Aungier House pub on the corner of Aungier Street and Digges Street. The new owners have plans.
Among Homeless, Continued Complaints about Hostel Standards
Best practice standards that relate to sharing rooms, outlined in 1999, are still not being adhered to 18 years on.
On Streets, Rough Sleepers Dream for Months of Stable Emergency Beds
But did the government push Apollo House residents to the front of the queue? A look at Dublin’s two-tiered system of emergency accommodation for homeless people.
Why Aren't the Council's Own Sites on Its Vacant Sites Register?
When Dublin City Council released its vacant sites register this month, it was entirely blank. Some ask why the council didn’t at least list its own sites.
Is the Mould in Our Homes Being Taken Seriously Enough?
Some buildings are so badly designed it’s nearly impossible to keep it at bay, no matter how much we open windows, run ventilator fans, and wipe walls with bleach or Fairy liquid.
How Should We Count the Number of Council Voids?
When Dublin City Council says that less than 1 percent of its housing stock is “void”, some Dubliners are confused. That might be because of how it counts.
Vacancy Watch: a Row on Dolphin's Barn Street
It was once “a hive of industry”, a neighbour said. But the buildings went derelict one after another during the 1980s and 1990s, says a local business owner.
An Online Platform Aims to Let Dublin Renters Rate Their Homes
Chris Lynch hopes greater transparency in the sector will push landlords to improve standards, and help those with a choice to make informed decisions.
Who Owns Vacant and Derelict Dublin, Mapped
Even in the midst of a housing shortage, the city is dotted with vacant and derelict properties. We’ve mapped 389 of them and we’re open to more suggestions.
Dún Laoghaire Presses on with Floatels as Dublin Debates
Dublin City Council is still working out whether to move ahead with the homes on big boats for students, workers, or tourists. But as the city debates it, Dun Laoghaire is pressing ahead.
Council Chief Blames Slow Social-Housing Progress on Council
There aren’t delays at the Department of Housing right now, Keegan told councillors. The council is slow in getting projects to the department for approval.
Vacancy Watch: Plans to Replace the Tenters Pub with a Replica
Like many buildings across the city, the historic pub has been left vacant and allowed to crumble. The developer says it’s no longer possible to preserve it.
Do We Need Special Regulations for Shared Houses?
Belfast has specific rules for “houses of multiple occupancy” but Dublin doesn’t. Even though the housing crisis means many are crammed into shared spaces.
Vacancy Watch: Kilmainham Mills
Spread over more than 3,000 square metres, the old mills site in Kilmainham has been empty since the year 2000. Plans for it have come and gone.
Council Briefs: HIQA, Homelessness, and Housing Lists
At last week’s Dublin City Council housing committee meeting, councillors discussed who’s monitoring homeless services and how to make sure you aren’t removed from the social housing list.
Some Areas of the City Are Still Affordable-ish to Buy in
There is an acute housing shortage across the city, but there are also some homes that are affordable for couples on average wages. How is that?
Vacancy Watch: a Lonely Building on 144 Upper Abbey Street
Barber Eddie Wykes used to both live and work in this four-storey vacant building on Upper Abbey Street. It needed to be knocked down some time ago, he says.
Could O'Devaney Gardens Have Been 100% Public Housing?
As the old flat complex in the north inner city is torn down, have councillors made the right choice for what will replace it?
Vacancy Watch: The Legal Eagle Revamp Gets Underway
Work is underway, says Brian Montague one of the owners of The Legal Eagle pub on Chancery Place. It’s been delayed but not forgotten.
The MART Studios: a Mini Empire Grows
With seven buildings full of artists’ studios across the city, has MART found a sustainable model to provide affordable spaces for the city’s artists to work in?
What's Happening With MacTurcaill's Pub?
Once popular with George’s Quay locals and Trinity students, it closed in March 2015. Now it is “OPENING SOON”, according to a sign in the window. Is it really, though?
Vacancy Watch: 71-75 Aungier Street
In the latest in our vacancy watch series, we look at another disused strip of Aungier Street you might have noticed.
What's Going on Now with the Bolt Hostel?
A year ago, Dublin City Council and housing activists clashed in court over the occupation of a vacant Bolton Street building. It’s still empty.
Modular Housing: Have We Learnt the Lessons?
The council is looking at putting up multi-storey buildings in the city centre made of stackable prefab homes. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about its first batch of rapid-build homes.
Which Dublin Neighbourhoods Have the Most Vacant Homes?
The two Dublin areas with the highest proportions of vacant dwellings aren’t exactly synonymous with vacancy.
Vacancy Watch: The Old City Arts Building on Moss Street
The old City Arts building on Moss Street used to be a hub. Nowadays, it’s more of a shell. Here’s what happened.
Should it Be Easier to Find Out Who Owns a Property?
Do property owners have a right to privacy? Do residents have the right to know who owns a vacant or derelict property that’s ruining their neighbourhood?
Despite New Rules, Landlords Still Reject Tenants on Housing Assistance
“No rent allowance or HAP accepted sorry,” said the text alert, even though since 1 January landlords aren’t allowed to discriminate in this way.
50% of Social Housing Won't Be Reserved for Homeless Anymore
In an April letter to minister Alan Kelly, Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan suggested that the rule encouraged people “to enter the ‘homeless’ system”.
Council Briefs: Housing Progress, Housing Delays
Progress on Cherry Orchard rapid-builds, Dominick St and Charlemont St. Delays with the lands initiative and at St Teresa’s Gardens. Danger at O’Devaney.
Vacancy Watch: A Long Stretch of South Great George's Street
What’s happening with what should be a tasty piece of land? The answer is a slightly complicated.
Vacancy Watch: 4 and 6 Elgin Road in Embassy Land
For more than 30 years, these prime homes in Ballsbridge have been partially vacant. At one time, they were 30 bedsits.
Vacancy Watch: 48-50 James Street in the Liberties
“Vacancy watch!” wrote in Davey Donnelly, with a photo of an apartment block on James Street. “Vacant as long as I’ve been in the area.” What’s the story?
Vacancy Watch: The Social Housing on Maxwell Road
In Dublin 6, nine empty social housing units might soon be filled. It’s taken a lot longer than it should have.
Does Airbnb Mean There Are Fewer Homes to Rent in Dublin?
Other cities with housing shortages have cracked down on the landlords who rent out apartments to tourists on Airbnb instead of to long-term local tenants. At least one Dublin city councillor wants to look into doing the same here.
With New Guidelines, City Tries to Clarify Homeless Families' Rights
Dublin City Council spends millions every year on hotel rooms, B&Bs and hostels for people with nowhere else to live. And it wants them to know they have rights while staying there.
Crowded Houses: Another Side to Dublin's Homeless Crisis
When Dublin City Council looked at why people were becoming homeless, the problem of overcrowding featured high on the list.
Around George's Quay, Waiting for Change
The Screen cinema is closed, Hawkins House is to be demolished, and Luas tracks are being laid. What’s afoot around George’s Quay?
The Grangegorman Squat, Round Two: Resistance, Circus and Hope
Squatters were evicted from the property last year. It was sold and left vacant for months, and now it’s been reoccupied. In a time of housing shortage, it’s home to at least 30 people – and soon, perhaps, more.
Can Elderly People with Large Homes Help Ease Homelessness?
There are single people living in big houses, and families living in rooms. What’s the solution to the mismatch?
For Dublin's Housing Crisis, Bureaucracy Isn't Helping
For developments that are in the pipeline, is there any way to speed them up?
For Ballymun Rapid-Build Homes, Has Council Ignored Its Own Standards?
Three-bedrooom houses in Dublin should ideally be at least 100 sqm, a standard the council held an Ailesbury Rd development to in September. But smaller homes are apparently okay in Poppintree, for rapid-build houses, for homeless families.
Losing Patience: Why Are There so Many Rundown Sites Along the Red Line?
As the Luas Red Line glides through Dublin’s city centre, it passes trash-strewn empty lots, vacant patches, and boarded-up buildings. Is it ever going to change?
For Homeless Families on Mountjoy Street, a Solution in Sight
It looks like the battle by the homeless families trying to avoid eviction from emergency accommodation is coming to a close.
HSE's Vacant Properties: Could They Be Used for Housing?
A reader asked us to look into how many vacant properties the HSE has in the Dublin area, and whether they could be used for housing. Here’s what we found out.
On Richmond Avenue, Residents Seek Action on Derelict Site and Historic Home
Fairview residents and councillors want to see Thomas Clarke’s home maintained better, and perhaps turned into a museum or community centre.
Will New Apartment Standards Get Builders Building?
If the route to fixing the housing crisis is all about adding supply, it’s not looking too good.
Still Waiting: Was "Modular Housing" Ever Going to Be Done on Time?
People working in the industry say that it was always an impossible mission to get the homes ready before Christmas.
What's Going On With Aldborough House?
“Is there going to be anything done with Aldborough House?” a reader asked. “It seems a great shame to let it go to waste.” So, we thought we’d do an update.
As "SOBO" Develops, Some City Quay Locals Worry About Future
Construction is underway in the area that some developers have renamed “SOBO”, or South of Beckett O’Casey. But long-time local residents aren’t completely happy with how it’s all going.
As Rent Rises, Block T Faces Exit From Smithfield
At the moment, about 120 creatives from web developers to performers work in the Block T building on all kinds of projects. They’re looking for a new home.
What’s Happening on Dawson Street?
If you’ve recently found yourself on Dawson Street, you’ll have noticed the mound of rubble where a large office block once stood.
Dublin City Council Pushes Forward on Plan for 1,345 Homes
At their monthly meeting on Monday, councillors voted to press ahead with the first major Dublin City Council housing project since the economic crash.
In Emergency Accommodation, a Continued Lack of Rights for Residents
As the council struggles to find enough accommodation for a growing number of homeless people, residents’ rights have eroded and housing standards have slipped, say councillors and agencies.
Artists Unite in Call for More Studio Space
More studio spaces close each year, and Dublin artists say something needs to change. But what’s the solution?
Here’s How to Avoid Another Longboat Quay
Why is it that when you pull the skin off so many of these shiny boom-time apartment buildings, they turn out to have rotten cores?
Has Raising Housing Standards Made People Homeless?
Regulations that came into effect in 2013 effectively banned bedsits. Is enforcement of these rules pushing people into homelessness?
In Poppintree, Can Co-ops and the Council's Modulars Co-exist?
Dublin City Council says it’ll install 22 modular houses for homeless families on a site in Poppintree before Christmas. But a housing co-op already has plans for the site.
For Herbert Park, a Spruce-Up May Be on the Way
People living near Herbert Park have been lobbying Dublin City Council to fix it up. Last week, the council revealed its new draft plan to do that.
Council Fixes Dire Facilities at Traveller Halting Site
But still, nobody will fess up to being responsible for the poor conditions in the first place: mildew-caked ceilings, exposed electrical wires and damp.
Is It Time to Lift Ballymun's Ban on Rent Supplement?
Has the ban achieved its goals: greater diversity of tenure and a better social mix in the area? And should it remain in place?
A Farewell to the Last of Ballymun's Towers
On Monday, small groups stopped to say goodbye to the last of the Ballymun’s iconic towers, Joseph Plunkett. On Tuesday late afternoon, engineers began to demolish it.
Councillors Seem Pleased With Prefabs, So What Next?
How much should the council spend on prefabs for homeless families? Where should the new homes go? And how fast can they be brought online? Winter is coming.
Councillor Sets Sights on Vacant Upper Storeys
In the coming months, expect to hear more ideas from councillors on how to tap in to underused inner-city buildings in Dublin.
Would Increasing the Rent Supplement Increase Rents?
There have been calls to increase rent supplement rates to keep more families from becoming homeless, but Labour Minister Alan Kelly says that would lead to an increase in rents. Is he right?
Should Homeless Families Have to Use the Side Door?
Dublin City Council is desperate for hotel rooms for homeless families. Does that mean hotel owners can set any conditions they want?
Dublin City Council Seeks Removal of "Bolt Hostel" Activists
Dublin City Council has taken two housing activists, who have helped open an abandoned council building on Bolton Street to house homeless people, to court for trespassing.
Between Dublin City Council and Bolt Hostel Activists, a Stand-Off
Dublin City Council doesn’t want housing activists to move homeless families into the abandoned hostel now, perhaps because of a plan from an organisation called Novas Initiatives to turn it into social housing later.
Can City Council Team Up with Radical Housing Activists?
In recent weeks, housing activists in Dublin squatted a council building to house homeless families. Could it be the start of an unlikely alliance?
The New Children's Hospital: Opportunities vs Opposition
Plans for a new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin 8 have area residents worried about traffic, parking, noise, subsidence and drainage.
What's The Matter With Long Lane?
Long Lane residents have faced regular vandalism and a brush with gangland crime. What is it about this street?
Prefab Housing for the Homeless: Could It Work?
Dublin City Council has begun planning for the construction of 400 prefabricated houses to accommodate homeless families. While some councillors are very wary, prefab housing has come a long way over the years and other countries have good experiences with it.
Life on the List as the City's Social Housing Withers Away
There are about 21,000 applicants on the social housing list in Dublin, and no plans to build enough homes for them. Here are the stories of two, who have been drifting, rootless, for years, hoping against hope.
Squeezed Dubliners Seek Solutions in Co-ops
At the Dublin Food Co-op in The Liberties, about 35 people turned up to chat about starting a housing co-op, as a way to get themselves an affordable – and democratic – home.