Have your say on the Central Bank’s Mortgage Measures Framework Review

14 July 2021 Press Release

Central Bank of Ireland

  • First review of the overall policy framework for the mortgage measures since their introduction in 2015.
  • Engagement with the public will be a core element of that review.
  • Review aims to ensure that the Central Bank’s policy framework remains fit for purpose into the future, amid continued evolution of the financial system and economy.

The Central Bank of Ireland has commenced a comprehensive review of the policy framework for the mortgage measures. The mortgage measures were introduced in 2015 to support a sustainable provision of mortgage finance, strengthening the resilience of borrowers and lenders and guarding against the risk that another credit-fueled housing boom emerges.

The review of the overarching framework aims to ensure the mortgage measures continue to remain fit for purpose into the future, in view of the continued evolution of our financial system and economy. While the annual assessment of the measures will take place as usual later in the year, this broader review will focus on the overall policy framework, strategy and toolkit for the mortgage measures.

As part of this process, we want to hear from the public on their own experiences. To allow as many people as possible to input we have launched a new online survey. The public survey invites people to share their views and experiences on the functioning of the mortgage measures to date, their perspectives on what a sustainable mortgage market looks like, and what elements of the mortgage measures they think the Central Bank’s review should focus on. This will inform the framework review, which will run throughout 2021 and 2022.

Director of Financial Stability, Vasileios Madouros, said: “The mortgage measures are an integral and permanent feature of Ireland’s macroprudential policy framework. Since their introduction, they have played a key role in building resilience of both borrowers and lenders and have guarded against the emergence of an unsustainable, credit-fuelled housing boom.

“In line with best practice, in addition to assessing the functioning and calibration of the measures every year, we believe it is important to occasionally review the overall policy framework, strategy and toolkit. This will ensure the mortgage measures remain fit for purpose, not just now, but into the future.

“Engagement with the public will be a core element of our review. We know that behind the economic data and evidence that we look at, lie people’s own lived experiences. Understanding those experiences better will strengthen the effectiveness of our review. So I encourage people to complete our online survey.”

The survey will close at 17:00 on 30 July 2021 and can be completed in English at centralbank.ie/survey or Irish at centralbank.ie/suirbhe.


Further information on the Central Bank Mortgage Measures can be found on the Central Bank’s website and in our Explainer What are the mortgage measures?