Twitter solves Ireland's Property Crisis – debate rages online following RTE series finale
The second and final part of RTE series Ireland's Property Crisis prompted strong reaction on social media on Monday night as viewers raged about the issue.
The episode provided a snapshot of the lives of a couple struggling with heavy mortgage arrears, just one of 77,000 houses in arrears in Ireland today.
Viewers also saw a young Dublin family's quest to get keys to their new social house - after waiting ten years in a country where there are currently 91,000 people on social housing waiting lists and 7,000 in emergency accommodation.
The solutions to these issues are perhaps not straightforward, but Twitter was alight with opinions on how best to tackle everything from negative equity to renting to arrears and social housing.
And of course there was a splash of trademark Irish wit...
Here is just a flavour of the overwhelming reaction via #IrelandsPropertyCrisis:
#IrelandsPropertyCrisis can only be solved by a massive public building scheme. Most private builders only want to make money, not homes.— Brian Flanagan (@BrianFlanagan1) April 10, 2017
Huge state affordable housing build programme only way to increase supply & keep prices and rents affordable #IrelandsPropertyCrisis— Rory Hearne (@RoryHearne) April 10, 2017
So they say Dermot Bannon has a plan to tackle the housing crisis. It'll be windows won't it. #IrelandsPropertyCrisis— Anthony O'Connor (@Antcon7062) April 10, 2017
Solve #IrelandsPropertyCrisis by building social housing on CPO land. Commercial property developers have failed. Govt is failing.— Clancy (@OverflowRanch) April 10, 2017
Shame IRL didn't adopt "free market" approaches to bust banks as has been done re building houses for poor people#IrelandsPropertyCrisis— Robert (@Eintrachtrob) April 10, 2017
Having a minister for housing opposed to public housing is like having minister of transport opposed to public... oh #IrelandsPropertyCrisis— criticalmediareview (@CriticalMediaR) April 10, 2017
Lots of new homes are the solution, not the problem. The problems in the bubble were tax breaks and loose lending.#IrelandsPropertyCrisis— Ronan Lyons (@ronanlyons) April 10, 2017