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CATCHING FIRE: Are our publicly-owned residential buildings properly equipped to stop fire tragedies?
Experts have voiced concerns about the lack of certain Irish fire regulations as well as enforcement of those already in existence following the Grenfell Tower fire in London which caused the deaths of 72 people in June 2017.
3 Backers raised €150 of €1240
DERELICTION OF DUTY: How successful has the new vacant sites levy been in freeing up land for housing development around Ireland?
It is one of the key planks of a government strategy to free up land for much-needed housing development. The vacant sites levy allows local authorities create a register of disused or derelict lands in their area. The owners of those lands would be charged an annual levy of 7% of the value of the land.
2 Backers raised €215 of €1500
THIS HOSTEL LIFE: How much are local authorities around the country paying for hostels, B&Bs, and hotels for the homeless?
In March 2020, Dublin recorded the lowest number of families in emergency accommodation in three years. Yet, the numbers are still staggering with over 1,100 parents and children in B&Bs, hubs, and hotels.
3 Backers raised €60 of €1000
SHORT-TERM LET, LONG-TERM PAIN: Why do councils struggle to put a stop to properties being used exclusively on sites like Airbnb?
Property owners can pull in hundreds of euro per night renting out homes as round-the-year accommodation on platforms like Airbnb and hotel booking sites, making similar amounts in a week to what they could otherwise expect to receive in a month or more from a long-term tenant.
5 Backers raised €800 of €800
NOT SO FAST: Strategic Housing Development speeds up planning process for developers but is it helping increase the supply of accommodation?
In June 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced a new system of fast-track planning for housing developments.
2 Backers raised €404 of €400