Monday 26 June 2017

No government has solved childcare and housing questions. Why should this one be any different?

'Even opponents of Housing Minister Simon Coveney acknowledge his commitment'
'Even opponents of Housing Minister Simon Coveney acknowledge his commitment'
John Downing

John Downing

Childcare has been called the "second mortgage" for the past 20 years. There's a housing crisis every 20 years. Governments come and go and they sometimes ignore as much as they can get away with. Other times they "speak to the problems" as best they can.

Given the competitive multi-seat constituencies returning deputies for a maximum of five years, it might be a stretch to expect more long-term remedies for the issues which confront citizens. The answer is that politics is pointless unless we can strike an optimistic note.

So, can this odd hybrid minority coalition, which could collapse in any given week, achieve things which previous governments, armed with thumping great majorities, could not do?

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