Buying a home in the capital 'seems like an unrealistic dream'
Commuting from Portlaoise to Dublin every day is a necessary burden for gym owner John Sheridan.
For the 30-year-old, owning a home in the capital is an unrealistic dream.
Mr Sheridan, who is originally from Blanchardstown and lives with his fiancé Aisling, said even with a combined income finding a house outside Dublin was proving difficult.
"We were originally renting in Carpenterstown, but then had to move further away to Maynooth and then Kilcock due to cheaper rents," he said.
"About three years ago, we started to check out the market for a house.
"I was very surprised and disappointed with how limited our options were in Dublin so we continued our search further afield.
"My partner managed to find a house in Portlaoise, but it was no easy task - we got it by the skin of our teeth.
"Although it wasn't an ideal place to live, we had to find somewhere to buy because the housing market was constantly on the rise.
"We've been living here for about four years now. When we first moved in I was spending two or three nights with my parents due to my busy schedule in Dublin. It would make our lives easier finding a place in the capital, but it seems like an unrealistic dream."