Growing inequality must be addressed
Even in the depths of 1950s Ireland, a place of your own was an expectation, not an aspiration - and through the recession of the '80s it was still achievable. In the run-up to the last few elections, all parties at one stage or another sought to emphasise that we must have a vision for our society, and not just the economy.
If such a vision exists, it appears to be partial, with social blindspots that render too many invisible.
This week, the Simon Community revealed that the number of people sleeping rough in the capital had reached a record of 168. High rents, a scarcity of houses, inability to get loans and myriad other reasons are listed as to how this has come to be.