Housing Minister could learn a thing or two from indomitable campaigner Rita Fagan
We must beware of repeating the mistakes of the past when it comes to how the current housing crisis is addressed. The Home Sweet Home response in taking over Apollo House this Christmas is laudable. But we need a sound Government with long-term, thought-through policies and actions if we are really serious about addressing the problems of more people becoming homeless, and of housing those that are homeless.
In response to a housing crisis in the 1960s we saw the construction of flat complexes like Ballymun and St Michael's Estate in Inchicore in Dublin and similar complexes in Cork, Limerick and Galway.
These proved to be, over time, unsuitable responses to the then housing crisis.