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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, first of 3% and then beginning next year 7% of the value of the land.
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DEAD END: Will Galway’s long promised ring road make a significant difference to traffic congestion in the city?
It was 1999 when a bypass was first proposed for the city of Galway. Since then, traffic congestion has grown ever worse and long delays have become a feature of daily life for those who live and work there. For a relatively compact city, congestion is far worse than might be expected, not least because public transport options are so limited.
10 Backers raised €325 of €1200
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: How much did a controversial road scheme in Kilkenny City actually cost and has it delivered what it was supposed to?
It was one of the most controversial road developments of recent years in Ireland, a plan to build a new bridge across the River Nore in Kilkenny.
46 Backers raised €1371 of €1350
THE CONSTRUCTION NETWORK: Connecting the dots between the government and lobbyists for developers and the construction industry
There are nearly 1,900 lobbyists registered in Ireland, all seeking to influence government policy in one way or another.
8 Backers raised €115 of €3200
LYING IDLE - PART TWO: A deeper dive into how many state properties around the country are lying vacant.
In Part One of this series, we looked at the near one hundred properties owned by the Office of Public Works that are currently lying idle around the country.
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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.
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SINK OR SWIM: How could an historic sea baths get renovated yet remain closed to swimmers for six months each year?
It cost €2.4 million to refurbish with local residents hoping that their long-closed sea water swimming baths would finally re-open to the public.
4 Backers raised €503 of €500