Monday 27 February 2017

State won't solve housing crisis unless it becomes main provider of new homes

Pat Doyle

Passive land management by the State has allowed hoarding, speculation and profiteering to ensure that, even before a single block is laid, units of accommodation will be significantly more expensive than they ought to be. Stock Image
Passive land management by the State has allowed hoarding, speculation and profiteering to ensure that, even before a single block is laid, units of accommodation will be significantly more expensive than they ought to be. Stock Image

The current housing and homeless emergency is an opportunity to correct the widespread failings in Ireland's housing system. We need to make this a pivotal moment that leads to a more inclusive and sustainable system of housing provision.

Today's acute housing shortage, homeless emergency and rapidly rising rents are not solely down to measures introduced by governments in times of austerity, but are also linked to deep-rooted failings in the broader housing system.

In order to achieve the reforms necessary to create a coherent and fit-for-purpose system of housing provision, action is needed across a wide variety of areas.

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