Ireland Housing Minister has said a change to planning guidelines on the height of buildings will help with the housing crisis.
Eoghan Murphy has acknowledged that thousands of new apartments are needed to tackle the issue.
Latest CSO figures show an increase in the number of home completions in the first quarter of the year.
The guidelines on height and density were amended last year.
Minister Eoghan Murphy says the measure is aimed to improve housing availability across the country.
He said: “While last year we changed the planning guidelines so people could build a lot higher and also increased the densities as well, not just in city centres and not just in Dublin but also around transport corridors too.
“What we are trying to do is, yes, allow for very tall buildings that can have many functions from retail to commercial to residential. But actually it’s about increasing the shoulder height across the city, that’s how you really achieve density.”