© 2007

Housing Contemporary Ireland

Policy, Society and Shelter

  • Michelle Norris
  • Declan Redmond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Declan Redmond, Michelle Norris
      Pages 1-20
  3. Owner Occupation and the Housing Market

  4. The Private Rented Sector

    1. Yvonne Galligan
      Pages 100-118
    2. Andrew MacLaran, Brendan Williams
      Pages 144-159
  5. Social Housing

    1. Michelle Norris
      Pages 160-182
    2. Simon Brooke, Vanda Clayton
      Pages 205-223
  6. Housing and Inequality

    1. Eithne Fitzgerald, Nessa Winston
      Pages 224-244
    2. Eoin O'Sullivan
      Pages 245-267
    3. David Silke
      Pages 268-288
  7. Housing, Planning and the Built Environment

    1. Michael Bannon
      Pages 289-309
    2. Declan Redmond, Brendan Williams, Michael Punch
      Pages 310-328
    3. Derry O'Connell
      Pages 329-343
  8. Conclusion

    1. Michelle Norris, Patrick Shiels
      Pages 364-388
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 389-437

About this book


The period since the mid-1990s is distinguished by radical change in the housing sector in Ireland. During this time, house prices rose at an unprecedented rate. Between 1993 and 2003 the average price of a new house in the State increased by 220 percent. Private rents also grew and waiting lists for social housing lengthened. At the same time, new house building increased rapidly to one of the highest rates in the European Union. This development transformed city centres and suburbs, and also provincial towns and the countryside, which saw unprecedented construction of holiday homes and estates for commuters working in urban areas.

This book, the first comprehensive review of housing in Ireland for many years, introduces, in an accessible manner, the key housing developments since the foundation of the State and also reports on the findings of the latest research on the transformation of the sector in the past decade. The issues examined here include:

-the impact of the house price boom on wealth and affordability

-the urban renewal schemes and private rented housing

-the management of social housing

-the accommodation of Travellers and homeless people

-rural housing policy and politics

During the past decade, Ireland’s economic growth has attracted international attention. This book analyses the consequences of that growth on housing and serves as a primer to other countries on the complexities of delivering sustainable housing solutions in the face of economic success.

As such, this book will be of interest to students, practitioners and policy-makers involved in the housing field worldwide and to anyone who wishes to learn more about the causes and effects of Ireland’s recent housing boom.


Housing Housing Markets Ireland Social Housing Sustainability Planning Transformation politics urban design urban renewal

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Norris
    • 1
  • Declan Redmond
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Applied Social ScienceUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Geography, Planning and Environmental PolicyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

About the editors

Michelle Norris is a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. She has research interests in housing and social policy and has published widely on issues such as regeneration, mixed tenure, housing and planning and social housing. Prior to taking her post in UCD she was the Director of the Centre for Housing Research, which is the national institute for research and training in housing.

Declan Redmond is a lecturer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy and is currently the Deputy Head of the School. He has research interests in social housing policy, affordability, urban planning and regional development. He is currently involved in a number research projects on social housing regeneration, housing affordability and regional development. He was on the board of one of Irelands largest housing associations for nearly a decade.

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