Tuesday 25 July 2017

Now is the time for less talk and more action on housing and homeless crisis

Fianna Fáil's environment spokesman Barry Cowen Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Fianna Fáil's environment spokesman Barry Cowen Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The housing and homeless crisis was such an issue in the recent election that the new Dail set up a special committee to find solutions a month before the Government was actually formed.

While the public at large was growing more exasperated at the various political manoeuvres behind the formation of the Government, this committee, for the past seven weeks, has been taking evidence from a range of ministers, individuals and expert groups.

In all, the committee heard submissions from over 70 people and evidence from almost 40 experts in their fields. This is the kind of behind-the-scenes work that goes virtually unheralded, but is capable of producing impressive results.

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