Tag Archives: Co-Living

From top: Co-living was welcomed by the real estate trade; Minister for Housing Darrah O’Brien

This morning/afternoon.

After a rush of planning application, the building Co-living developments – in which residents get a private bedroom in a furnished home with shared common area – is to be halted.

Via RTÉ:

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said he was concerned that the high number of applications coupled with the high density of the developments would increase land prices.

“By allowing permissions to extract higher units of beds in a single development and combined with the higher than anticipated number of applications this has the potential to have negative repercussions for other development types, such as affordable purchase or cost rental that the Programme for Government is committed to promoting” he said.


Social Democrats Housing spokesperson and Dublin Bay North TD, Cian O’Callaghan

“The ban on co-living developments is long overdue. The Government must now draw a line in the sand under these shoddy housing policies.

“At the heart of the co-living plan was a desire to drive down standards, forcing people to live in shoeboxes so that developers could squeeze every last cent out of a site. Today’s decision by the Minister for Housing is a recognition that this was wrong.”

Co-Living: The Story So Far (CBRE)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin launching his party’s bill to ban co-living.

The bill aims for people  to be able to secure good quality studio apartment of 45 square metres for €900 a month.

“People shouldn’t live in shoeboxes, ” he told Newstalk Breakfast (above) earlier.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

The former Christian Brothers school Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin(top) and how it will look as a co-living hub

The new bedsits Co-living.

Now with ‘cooking facilities’.

Permission has been granted for a 208-bedroom co-living scheme in Dún Laoghaire on condition that each unit will have its own cooking facilities.

Developers Bartra Capital Property issued a statement welcoming the decision, saying that it reflects Ireland’s need to cater for changing living habits.

… the shared accommodation model involves en-suite bedrooms of just 16.5 square metres with communal living areas and kitchens.

The original application involved one kitchen for every 40 people.

Good, squashy times.

200 co-living homes proposed for Dún Laoghaire (RTÉ)

Previously: Co-Living In Dun Laoghaire

Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

The reality of Co-Living is 9 in a 2-bed flat @MurphyEoghan A 2-bed flat at 58 Clanbrassil Street sleeps 9 @DubCityCouncil Sharing one kitchen, one bathroom. Earning €43k a year for a 2-bed flat. No @RTBinfo registration=Licensee=Zero Rights

58 Clanbrassil Street Lower, The Five Roads, Dublin 8 (Daft.ie)

Lois Kapila, in the Dublin Inquirer, reports:

The biggest difference between the mammoth shared-living blocks being put forward by developers such as Bartra, and cohousing models, boils down, in a sense, to who gets listened to.

Shared living is mainly speculative, said Padraig Flynn, of Self-Organised Architecture (SOA), on Friday, in a meeting room at the Fumbally Exchange in Blackpitts.

“People who live there have no agency or input of the design or the long-term management of the building,” Flynn says.

Cohousing is the opposite: it’s resident-led, from design to management.

“It gives people an opportunity to decide where they cut costs, what’s important to them, and what they don’t actually need,” he says.

“They’re two completely different concepts. But the wording is almost identical so it becomes very confusing for people,” said Flynn.

The CoHousing Here! event [in Dublin] in mid-June, organised by Flynn and others at SOA, should help get that message out – and further open up debates around future affordable housing in the city.

READ IN FULL: An Upcoming Conference Offers Cohousing – Not Coliving – as an Affordable Housing Solution (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer)

Previously: Co-Living Dangerously

Plans (and schematics, H/T: Cian) submitted to An Bord Pleanála by Bartra Capital for the redevelopment of the former CBS school in Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire (top)

Fionnuala Walsh in The Times Ireland edition reports:

Opposition is growing to a “Dickensian” development in Dublin that proposes to house tenants in rooms smaller than a disabled parking space and have up to 42 residents sharing a kitchen.

The “co-living” plans for a former Christian Brothers’ school on Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála by Bartra Capital.

If approved, the scheme will offer residents rooms with a pull-down double bed, a shower, lavatory, sink, kettle, mini-fridge and storage with communal kitchen and living areas for a minimum €1,300 a month.

The five-storey building will have 208 bedrooms, with up to 42 bedrooms on a floor. The rooms will be 16.25 square metres — a disabled parking space is typically at least 17 square metres.

‘Dickensian’ co-living offers rooms smaller than a disabled parking bay (The Times Ireland edition)


Any excuse.