No one has a right of veto over who lives next door to them

No one has a veto over who can or cannot live in their neighborhood in Ireland, emphasizes Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman. In response to reports of a growing number of local protests against the reception of asylum seekers and refugees from Ukraine in their neighbourhoods, Mr. O’Gorman that it was important to share lodging information … Read more

Eighty-three children among 200 Ukrainian refugees forced to leave Dublin hotel – The Irish Times

An estimated 200 Ukrainian refugees in a hotel in west Dublin, including 83 children, have been notified by a government agency that they will be resettled in unspecified locations within two weeks. It is clear that the reason for the move is due to a lack of accommodation for applicants for international protection. The way … Read more

Dublin City Council defies Planning Regulator over build-to-rent rules – The Irish Times

Dublin City Council has clashed with the Planning Regulator after councilors ignored the regulator’s orders over the construction of build-to-rent (BTR) schemes in the city. In the final stages of adopting the new urban development plan, councilors have agreed to limit the number of controversial rental apartments to a maximum of 40 percent of each … Read more

‘Pros and cons’ of winter eviction ban will be weighed, says Varadkar – The Irish Times

The “pros and cons” of a winter moratorium on evictions will be weighed up by the government ahead of a decision on the matter, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said. The Fine Gael leader said there is a “clear benefit” and that it would be “a good thing” that people would not lose their homes in the … Read more

New legislation needed to repair faulty buildings, says minister – The Irish Times

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said in the Dáil that separate legislation would be needed for a repair plan for up to 100,000 apartments with construction defects, which he says would be in effect for five to 10 years. He told housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin that he sent a memo to the … Read more

Irish Water is renamed Uisce Éireann – The Irish Times

Proposals to change Irish Water’s ownership to a single entity called Uisce Éireann from next year will cost at least €5 million under draft legislation. Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has recently published the Water Services (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2022. The legislation would separate Irish Water from the Ervia Group, of which the utility company … Read more

Billions in remediation work cannot be levied on responsible builders, finds report – The Irish Times

Boomtime builders responsible for broken homes cannot be forced to pay for remediation works that cost billions and years to complete, a landmark report shows. The Working Group’s report on housing deficiencies, commissioned by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and published Thursday, says “it will take many years to address all affected buildings”. While an industry … Read more

‘Big drop’ in availability of Hap properties, says new report – The Irish Times

There has been a “strong decline” in the past year in the availability of affordable housing for rent by people who rely on the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap), a new report finds. Hap, a form of social housing support, is available to tenants who want to rent housing, the costs of which are subject to … Read more

Landlords must give three months’ notice under new law – The Irish Times

The minimum notice period a landlord must give a new tenant before evicting them has been increased from 28 days to three months, under new legislation passed by the Oireachtas. The new legislation, which has yet to be signed by President Michael D Higgins, extends the notice periods that landlords must provide to tenants in … Read more