Government inaction leaves residents in new developments in the lurch

What is the point of legislative scrutiny if the Government refuses to change bad plans? Government inaction is leaving residents in new developments waiting years for common areas to be taken over by local authorities, according to Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan. “It can take years and even decades for public spaces in newer […]

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Government rejects affordable housing zoning amendment

The Government is continuing to ignore practical solutions to the housing crisis, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “People across Ireland are suffering the consequences of a chronic lack of affordable housing. “Rents are at record levels, houses prices are higher than their Celtic Tiger […]

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Prime Time report to detail the lived experiences of locked out generation

Tonight’s RTÉ Prime Time special will shed important light on the lived experiences of Ireland’s locked out generation, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “Too often, the housing crisis is viewed through the bleak figures and statistics we have unfortunately become so accustomed to. However, […]

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Government turning Ireland into a nation of renters

Home ownership rates are set to collapse further with just 6 per cent of apartments built in Dublin available to buy, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “Last year, apartments accounted for more than 35 per cent of all new homes built. With apartments playing […]

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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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