Limits on the height of buildings have been abolished in all cities and large towns in a radical redrawing of our planning laws.
Housing charity Threshold received 73,526 calls last year – and a third were from tenants faced with losing their homes.
The IDA has claimed that the rent for a small “one-person apartment” in Dublin is just above €1,000 per month.
One of Ireland’s best known broadcasters, Newstalk’s Pat Kenny and his wife, Kathy have won their battle against plans for three apartment blocks and seven houses on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.
Modest homes are seeing the biggest price rises, with cash buyers more likely to snap up cheaper properties than dearer ones.
People in mortgage arrears suffer shame and stress and feel they’ve been abandoned by the State, it has been claimed.
Fewer than 20 local authority loans aimed at helping first-time buyers get on the property ladder were drawn down in the cities during the first half of this year.