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Help-to-buy Scheme is Detached From How we Really Live

Lorcan Sirr
The government’s help-tobuy scheme, announced in the budget, was rightfully criticised by many people. Various ministers seemed a little surprised, if not a bit tetchy, that fewpeople had rowed in behind their latest genius wheeze. In research carried out by Davy stockbrokers and the property website myhome.ie, even firsttime buyers did not expect a helpto- buy scheme (people are not too easily schmoozed these days). Two other things flew under the radar when the proposal...

Our Reliance on Family for Housing Support Won’t last Forever

Lorcan Sirr
History is more important than geography in explaining our relationship with housing. We have a funny relationship with housing in Ireland, one that goes beyond the usual explanation of our land and property obsession being a post-colonial hang-up. Given our location at the northwest edge of Europe, it would be logical to assume Ireland would have a similar approach to housing as Germany, France and the Netherlands. We are different from our regional neighbours, however,...

To Solve Housing Crisis, we Must get over our Problem With Cities

Lorcan Sirr
Housing is a many-headed beast with elements of technology, planning, finance, sociology and of course, politics. At its core, however, it is a simple thing: buildings for people and this is why it’s crucial to keep an eye on our population statistics. Preliminary results fromthe recent census are throwing up some interesting figures, all of which have implications for where we should be focusing our efforts to build housing. The location of our empty houses...

Analysis of assessment strategies used in a Level 7, Year 1 engineering subject

Aidan O'Dwyer
This contribution critically analyses the assessment strategies used on the core Electrical Systems subject in the first year of a three-year, Level 7, degree programme in Electrical Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology. An evidence-based approach is taken, by analyzing the assessment data in detail.

Environment Department Doesn’t Have a Clue on Housing

Lorcan Sirr
Over the past two years Sherlock Holmes’s evil foe Professor Moriarty has been wandering the corridors of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, wreaking sublime havoc and leaving several reputation-damaging debacles in his wake. The damage has been so bad that in late 2014 an internal review was carried out. Released to RTE under freedom of information laws, the report was critical of the housing capabilities and activities of the department. Given...

The Future Looks Precarious for New Breed of Long-Term Renters

Lorcan Sirr
It is becoming increasingly evident across Europe and Ireland that there may be a generation of people who will never own their own home. This is not necessarily down to direct housing issues such as affordability or supply—there are broader forces at work here. These people have no predictability in their lives and no security. They are a large and growing social class. Yet they are relatively powerless and are at the mercy of forces...

State Must play to Crowd on Renting or Face the Consequences

Lorcan Sirr
In 1895, the French polymath Gustave Le Bon published his seminal work, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, on the behaviour and danger of crowds. For decades after, Le Bon’s theories influenced generations of politicians and their policies. Le Bon was influential at a time of rapid urbanisation, social upheaval and worker organisation. Social order was under threat and it was feared that “the masses” might break with patriarchy, social order and religion.

Optimal control strategy of UPQC for minimum operational losses

Malabika Basu, Michael Farrell, Michael Conlon, Kevin Gaughan & Eugene Coyle
The paper deals with a new control technique for a unified power quality conditioner (UPQC), which is the most comprehensive of FACTS devices. The problems of power quality continue to gain in significance because of the proliferation of sensitive and harmonic producing loads in electrical networks. Greater awareness among customers with regard to supply integrity and a desire by suppliers to be able to guarantee a certain degree of power quality to customers is being...

What Do The Daily Numbers Tell Us About The Covid-19 Pandemic?

Elizabeth Hunter

Words Worth Price and Value

Tom Dunne
TOM DUNNE explains the terms used in relation to the valuation of property, and the need for common understanding among all parties using those terms. -

The Field in Ireland in 2014

Tom Dunne
Repossessions are an important part of recovery in the housing market

Payment Arrangements in the Irish Construction Industry - An Overview

Tony Cunningham

Changing Universities

Kevin Kelly

Walking Code

Conor McGarrigle

New Building Regulations

Ruairi Hayden

Tax Treatment Encourages Residential Investment

Thomas Power

Global Macroeconomic Trends

Thomas Power

The Development And Benefits Of A Work Placement Module In Built Environment Related Degree Programs

Fiacra P. McDonnell

Engaging Student's LearningThrough a Blended Learning Environment

Andrew Stuart

Trades and Apprenticeships Skills Survey: the Employers Perspective

Eoghan Ó Murchadha & Roisin Murphy

Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past

Tom Dunne

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