Sunday 11 December 2016

Supply crisis requires a calculated response, not desperate measures

We cannot cut corners again. Our existing stock of houses can meet our needs if managed better

Conor Skehan

Published 12/06/2016 | 02:30

'The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems' Stock photo: Graham Moore
'The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems' Stock photo: Graham Moore

Apprentice carpenters are taught 'measure twice, cut once' to stress how important it is to have a full understanding before acting irreversibly.

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As Ireland emerges from a housing collapse, that dramatically disrupted housing supply, there is a clamour to build, build, and build. Much of this clamouring is taking place without the measure of housing as a whole.

The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems.

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