Government to block investment funds from buying up housing estates – The Irish Times

The Government will move to block investment funds from buying up entire housing estates, according to senior figures involved in the process. Discussions are continuing within Government as to how best to implement the policy, but senior Coalition sources confirmed that the move had been agreed between the parties. The decision comes after fierce Opposition

Newton Emerson: Private tenants need a right to buy – The Irish Times

It is not only happening in the Republic. A friend from Portadown reports that houses in the Co Armagh town have started selling to cash buyers from England, sight unseen, within hours of being advertised online. Unlike recent stories from Dublin, there is no sign that these buyers are agents for overseas funds or individuals.

Tenancies board and housing department to investigate ‘rent fixing’ – The Irish Times

The Government is investigating reports of “rent fixing” by an investment fund to register rents as artificially higher than the amount charged to tenants. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said in the Dáil that he had asked his officials and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) to look at the matter following a report in the

Covid-19 and Vaccine News: Live Updates – The New York Times

The Biden administration is recommending setting aside patent restrictions.Carlos Osorio/Reuters The Biden administration on Wednesday came out in support of waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines, a breakthrough for international efforts to suspend patent rules as the pandemic rages in India and South America. The United States had been a major holdout at the

‘The market is overpriced, typically the bidding goes way over the asking price’ – The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was given approval to publish the Affordable Housing Bill at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Under the Bill’s proposed shared equity scheme the State can take a 30 per cent equity share in a first-time buyer’s home. The properties are subject to a price cap of €450,000 on houses in

Systemic issues in home ownership must be addressed, says Varadkar – The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien will attend a Fine Gael parliamentary party later this month to discuss the growing controversy over investor funds buying entire housing estates for the rental market as well as his affordable housing legislation. It will be first for a Fianna Fáil TD to attend the weekly meeting of

Once the agreement is in place, we can move on with advertising your car. – Books LIVE

With a focus on the dispute settlement mechanism and with a structure that stimulates challenges to domestic regulations that somehow affect investments, BITs have created an adversarial dynamic, which does not contribute to create a good business environment nor long-term investorstate relations. Despite often having the name Agreements for the Promotion and Protection of Investments,

Covid-19 pandemic's impact on mortgage seekers highlighted at Tipperary council meeting –

The unforeseen economic difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year have made it more difficult for Tipperary people to secure Rebuilding Ireland home loans, councillors highlighted at a recent monthly meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District. Carrick MD Chairman Cllr Kevin O’Meara highlighted the case of a couple who had been saving towards

Dr Rory Hearne: The Government does not want you to be able to afford to buy a home –

THE PUBLIC IS right to be enraged and worried about global investment funds buying up entire estates and apartment blocks. These homes are going to be rented out at inflated rents forever and will lock out those seeking to buy a home. The Government has been called on to do something to stop this. Even

Minister to look at housing availability for refugees –

The Minister with responsibility for ending direct provision will meet with City and County Managers this week, to discuss the availability of services for international protection applicants. As part of the plan to end the system, local authorities will play a role in locating housing which Minister Roderic O’Gorman’s Department aims to start buying and