Prefab housing is welcome, but State must do more
Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30
It has been said before that there's only one thing worse than being homeless, and that's people who are not, but who know that you are, and yet do nothing about it.
As a society, too many of us fall into both categories.
So the announcement that the Government has approved plans to deliver 500 prefabricated housing units for homeless families across Dublin is to be welcomed.
But perhaps "welcomed" is too strong. For it is, after all, the responsibility of the State to provide for those in need.
We haven't exactly covered ourselves in glory in this regard.
Only last month, we saw how there are over 3,400 adults and 1,500 children living in emergency accommodation across the State.
Of these, 738 are families, and it comes as no surprise that the vast majority of these are in Dublin.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly has pledged to guarantee that the capital's four local authorities will be urged to fast track the units through the planning process.
The lack of housing in all our major cities is a huge issue that the Government has been far too slow to respond to.
Nor were there any real game-changers in the Budget, despite the deficit in supply.
Given the scale of need, this seems like an extraordinary oversight.