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Public Consultation on Review of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government today (21 July 2017) opened a public consultation process, inviting submissions on the targeted review of the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, following its first full year of implementation.

Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness was published on 19 July 2016 as the Government’s response to the biggest single challenge facing Ireland — the housing and homeless crisis.

Rebuilding Ireland, together with the Government’s Strategy for the Rental Sector (published on 13 December 2016), comprises 113 actions, across five key Pillar Areas, as follows:

  1. Address Homelessness
  2. Accelerate Social Housing
  3. Build More Homes
  4. Improve the Rental Sector
  5. Utilise Existing Housing

The multi-stranded, action-oriented Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan aims to reverse the chronic under-supply of new homes that is making new home purchase and rents increasingly unaffordable and is driving additional households into homelessness.  It is designed to address all tenure types - social, private and rental - and to tackle homelessness comprehensively, by setting ambitious targets to, inter alia:

  • Double the annual level of new homes built to 25,000 by 2020;
  • Deliver an additional 47,000 social housing units in the period to 2021;
  • Make the best use of the existing housing stock; and
  • Lay the foundations for a more vibrant and responsive private rented sector.

Why are we launching a Public Consultation?

Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness, was published just over a year ago on 19 July 2016 with the aim to increase and accelerate housing delivery across all tenures to help individuals and families meet their housing needs.

It’s clear that increased State investment and targeted supply-side initiatives are having a positive impact on the number of new homes becoming available to rent or buy.  Nevertheless, one year on, given the unprecedented mis-match in the short term between supply and demand, it’s timely that we reflect on what additional measures may be required, building on the important work already completed or underway.

An information note has now been published to inform the Review, providing some background material and updates on implementation to date and setting out a number of specific questions on which views would be particularly welcome.  The information note and other relevant documents may be accessed by clicking on the link below titled 'Documents'.

How to get involved?

Written submissions are welcome from stakeholders within the housing and homelessness sectors as well as from members of the public and should be sent to not later than 12 noon on Friday, 11th August 2017.  A cover template for submissions is provided and should be completed and returned with all submissions.

Alternatively, responses, including the cover template provided, can be posted to:

Review of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0.


The following documents are available to persons interested in making a submission and can be accessed by clicking on the link below titled 'Documents' :-

  • Information Document  - Public Consultation – Review of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan (July 2017)
  • Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness (July 2016)
  • Template for Submissions

Terms and Conditions

All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014.

All respondents should familiarise themselves with the Information Document  - Public Consultation – Review of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness (July 2017) before making their submission. 

What we will do with your comments?

We welcome all responses to this consultation, which will facilitate us in considering what additional actions may be taken to build on the important work already completed or underway in line with the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, in a manner that is reflective of the broadest possible range of views from stakeholders and members of the public.

Please note submissions and comments received may be published on this website unless otherwise requested. The onus is on persons making submissions not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.

How do I get information on Rebuilding Ireland?

A dedicated website,, is in place as the central portal to report progress on implementation of Rebuilding Ireland and to keep the public informed on key developments in relation to the five key pillars areas.  It includes monthly reports on housing market activity, quarterly progress reports on implementation of specific action included in the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan and regular announcements of key developments as they occur.


Status History

Status - Closed
Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017