Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in a spin over the Governments controversial first time buyers scheme. With an allocation of just €50m in Budget 2017 this may seem a little surprising. Less so when you consider the weight of opinion opposing the measure.

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Twice this week Minister for Housing Simon Coveney lost his cool. The source of his irritation was an inability to understand why his anaemic housing budget was not being greeted with universal praise.

At his Budget day press conference the normally composed Cork TD was visibly irritated when journalists questioned the wisdom of his so called help to buy scheme.

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There was something nasty about the way RTE framed last weeksbudget debate on Claire Byrne Live.

One parent families living on the bread line were pitted against pensioners struggling to heat their homes.

Are the less well off paying their fair share of tax? Are social welfare supports too generous?

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On Saturday tens of thousands of people marched through Dublin under the Right2Water banner, demanding the abolition of water charges.

The Right2Water TDs, supported by the hundreds of thousands of people who have marched and boycotted the unjust charge, will table two private members motions on water in October.
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Simon Coveney has delivered his Housing Action Plan early, 74 days after taking office. The 114 page report sets out the Governments plan for tackling the perfect storm that has engulfed our dysfunctional housing system.

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The Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee has called on Government to increase the stock of social housing by 50,000 units over the next five years. This would require a trebling of the numbers of units to be provided under current government plans.

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After 70 hours of meetings over seven weeks, involving 41 hearings and 90 written submission the Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee has published its report on time.

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