Barriers to Housing


Housing waiting list

In 2002, Ireland recorded the highest level of house building in the EU. But despite the record number of houses built during the boom years, the percentage of houses built by local authorities fell sharply, averaging at 6 per cent of all houses built. This was a massive reduction on previous decades.

Between 1922 and 1966, 50 per cent of all houses built were for public housing.

In 1975, local authorities constructed 33 per cent of all new housing.

In 1985, local authorities built 27 per cent.

In 2014, 95 per cent of new houses in Ireland was provided by the market; only 5 per cent of new houses built were non-market.

This shortage of housing, combined with rising house prices, resulted in an enormous expansion of the waiting list for social housing. Many people were no longer in a position to afford the cost of a house.

The latest study in 2013 found there was a waiting list of almost 90,000 households.

In 2005, there were 43,700 households on the waiting list.

In 2008, there were 56, 249 households on the waiting list.