The Irish government announced extra measures under the Housing for All Plan aimed at making it cheaper to build and refurbish homes, speeding up home building, and driving down building costs across the board. These measures build on the momentum already seen this year, with work starting on a record 7,349 homes in the first three months of 2023.
The new measures comprise:
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, “Housing for All is working. At the moment, about 400 people are buying their first home every week, which is the highest since the Celtic Tiger. We have the best social housing output since the 1970s. After a slowdown, commencements are bouncing back. And we are likely to meet our overall target again this year. But we need to do more.”
Tánaiste Micheál Martin emphasised that housing is the government’s top priority, and Housing For All is working. “Supply of new homes is ultimately the solution. In 2022, we built more social houses than we have in almost half a century, and the number of homes completed last year is up 45% on the year before,” Martin said.
The government has also published the Progress Report on Housing for All for the first three months of 2023, showing a record number of homes commencing construction in the first quarter. The report highlights progress across a range of important measures, including continued take-up of the First Homes Scheme, LDA grant of planning permission for over 1,100 homes, additional capacity for An Bord Pleanála, and €41 million in capital funding approved for student accommodation. There is a strong pipeline of social and affordable housing, with over 19,000 social homes at various stages of construction and over 2,700 more affordable homes already approved for funding.