Record number of people in homeless accommodation

Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan has responded to figures published today showing that the number of people in homeless accommodation has risen by 213. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “There are now 13,531 people living in homeless emergency accommodation – the highest ever recorded in the history of the State. “Shockingly, […]

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Government turn their back on rural renters

The latest Daft.ie report shows that rents outside of cities are continuing to skyrocket, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “Ireland’s record-breaking rents continued to rise by 6.8 per cent in 2023. People looking for a place to live now face average rents of €1,850 […]

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House prices continue to skyrocket under this Government

House prices in Ireland are continuing to rise and show no signs of stopping under this Government, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s spokesperson on housing, said: “The latest Residential Property Price Index from the CSO paints a grim picture for those hoping to buy a home of […]

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RTB report shows rent caps are still being widely ignored

New figures indicate that rent caps are still being widely ignored in parts of the country covered by Rent Pressure Zones, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “Rents in existing tenancies rose by 5.2 per cent nationally, according to the latest Rent Index Report carried […]

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Record number of children spent Christmas in homeless accommodation

Figures released today by the Department of Housing show that 3,962 children spent Christmas living in homeless emergency accommodation. Commenting, Social Democrats housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said: “This is 520 more than December 2022 and a shocking 49 per cent increase since this Government has taken office. “Growing up without a home can have devastating impacts on […]

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Ryanair bulk-buying homes shows housing plan is in chaos

The revelation that Ryanair has bought up 25 homes in an estate in Swords, Co. Dublin, is another kick in the teeth for first-time buyers, according to Social Democrats housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan. “It is already hard enough for people looking to get a place of their own when rents are at the highest ever […]

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More than 100,000 homes lie empty in midst of housing emergency

New figures showing there are over 100,000 empty homes around the country highlight the Government’s failure to bring vacant and derelict properties back into use, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “An analysis of data in the GeoDirectory report reveals there were over 81,000 vacant […]

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Ineffective Government measures have failed to deter investors from bulk buying homes

Figures released by Revenue prove that measures introduced almost three years ago by the Government to deter the bulk purchasing of homes by investment funds are completely inadequate, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “Under new stamp duty measures introduced in 2021, investors purchasing more […]

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