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We cannot care about homeless and want house prices to rise

Published 21/05/2014 | 02:30

'An astonishing one in 10 houses lies empty in Dublin, but could be filled if we slapped taxes on empty houses.'
'An astonishing one in 10 houses lies empty in Dublin, but could be filled if we slapped taxes on empty houses.'

ANYBODY who doubts that we can solve our housing shortage should take a look at a few aerial photographs of Europe's main cities in 1945.

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These chilling tributes to the vicious effectiveness of the Blitz and the RAF Bomber Command show whole swathes of London or Berlin in ruins, but history shows that post-war governments overcame the subsequent housing shortages in a remarkably short time.

How did Clement Attlee or Konrad Adenauer do it? Perhaps it is easier to list what they didn't do. They didn't throw a few million at housing charities, tinker with mortgage relief or help first-time buyers. Instead, they accepted that there was a housing crisis and embarked on radical action.

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