Wednesday 18 October 2017

New government needs a Minister for Housing

The notion of even getting on to the bottom rung of the property ladder is a step too far for many. Stock image
The notion of even getting on to the bottom rung of the property ladder is a step too far for many. Stock image
Editorial

Editorial

When the country eventually gets a government, after what promises to be a long, drawn-out process, it is imperative the then Taoiseach appoints a specific Minister for Housing.

And not some partisan figure more interested in preening populism than delivery. What's required is a substantial figure like Richard Bruton in Fine Gael or Willie O'Dea in Fianna Fáil, with the ability to assess the problem in its entirety and deliver on solutions.

And the problems are multi-faceted. Various sections of society now find themselves locked out of the housing market.

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