Rents at highest rate ever, a national average of €1200

The Deputy leader of Sinn Fein says people are putting off children because of the unaffordability of housing.

Two reports published this morning showed rents are at an all time high, and housing could increase by a fifth by 2020.

Mary Lou McDonald says life goals that were once seen as common are becoming impossible;

There are calls for an affordable housing scheme and proper caps for rents, as new reports show rising house and rent prices.

A new report by Daft shows the average national rent is 1200 euro, 16 percent higher than at the peak.

While the Economics and Social Research Institute is predicting that house prices could rise by 20 percent by 2020.

Juliette Gash reports; Rental Report: Q3 2017 - An infographic by the team at