The Social Housing Costs Thread


12 social housesin Dun Laoghaire for €249k each. Size is unclear but they look on the small end.

Land already owned by the Council.


Passive houses are expensive to build - especially as an infill development.


So much for the argument that the Councils could build at reasonable cost on their own land. This is insane stuff

Social homes on council land to cost €500,000 each to build
Work on 54 homes at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s inner city to start next month … -1.3636271


Saw that this morning, its nuts, more evidence of what a basket place this country is.


Irish Times reports that six nearly completed housing units for travellers are costing€1.7m plus VAT.

VAT inclusive, that’s 321,500 per unit. In Tipperary.


It’s ok, they won’t be taking them. The council screwed up and didn’t deliver the half acre of land plus two stables with each house that was allegedly promised. The travellers’ solicitor is looking into it. Meanwhile these poor folk will be forced to stick with the stables and paddocks on the temporary halting site they’ve been occupying for fifty years. … y-housing/ … 74178.html … ew-houses/


Report on Newstalk this morning where Maria Bailey TD FG claimed that social housing tenants are being told by TD’s to turn down any offer of HAP payments so as to increase their chances of getting a house. Said she had anecdotal evidence of this.

Lots of people then contacted the show to verify the claims that they too or someone they know, were told by TD’s to turn down HAP. I assume we’re talking about TD’s from the left of the spectrum.

Coleman and Cuddihy were stunned which shows you where we’re at with Irish ‘journalism’. Eventually Coleman said that perhaps Conor Skehan wasn’t too far off the mark when he raised this issue a couple of years ago.


heard the report on the way into work. had to laugh at cuddihy’s naivety as some texter claimed a certain cohort of social welfare claimants have more kids to gain more benefits and perks such as free houses. claimed this as nonsense.

my wife is a social worker and this is 100% the case but our fawning media don’t seem to have their finger on the pulse or perhaps are so afraid of the backlash wont touch anything controversial.


Cuddihy is even more to the left than most of the Irish media if such a thing was possible. The ultimate SJW. A solicitor by trade so he’s used of defending the indefensible


Next time the shinners call for somebody’s resignation over the high level of people being reported as homeless. The questions should be asked as to how many of their constituents they encouraged to refuse an offer of housing in the hope of a forever home.


Amount paid by State to private landlords soars to** €276.6m**

From Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien…

2014 €390,000 was spent on HAP payments w/ 500 households (€780 average payment)
2018 €276.6m was paid, with more than 40,000 households w/ 25,500 landlords (€6915 average payment)
2019 (projected spend) €422m, with plans for almost 17,000 more households to be added to the scheme. (€7403 average payment)

(These figures don’t make sense to me.)


HAP replaces RAS. So you’d need to add the 2 together for 2014


Thanks. I found much better data for 2014 in this report (“Analysis of Current Expenditure on Housing Supports”) from Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Figures on page 12.


Plans for Fishamble Street abandoned after the costs came in a bit north of what they expected! … -1.3783193

It’s a whole other debate about how social housing in the city centre is being given to homeless families, the majority of whom I would presume are not in paid employment. While thousands of commuters travel for hours to and from Dublin to get to work, passing by these apartments!


If you draw a circle with a 1km radius around Grand Canal Dock you will probably catch 1% of Ireland’s population but 5% of its jobs.

It’s very hard to justify more social housing there, given how many people are commuting from long distances.


Not if the people in social housing is the pool from which you fish for votes!


Almost €700 million paid to private landlords in rent subsidies last year … 8-Feb2019/


The current [RTE *Week In Politics * ( has a section on housing with Eoghan Murphy (FG), Joan Burton (Lab), and David Cullinane (SF). Some interesting points made about social housing needing to be built on State-owned land as developers are engaging in land speculation and hoarding all over again. Descends into the usual slanging match, but Joan B gets in the dig that so-called “affordable” housing in Dublin 15 starts at €500k.


Couple removed from social housing list resolve dispute with Dublin council
Woman who bought €2,000 flat in Latvia to be placed on list under resolution of court case … -1.3806181

God bless the good ship ‘Irish Taxpayer’ and all that sail freely on her


Pedantry alert! It’s unlikely her name is Miroslav, as that’s a bloke. Could be Miroslava. And there’s no way Sergeys’ surname is Kuznecova as that’s a girl. He’s probably Kuznecovis. Else there’s some funny business going on.