Fast-food giant on lookout for McRentals for its staff
A branch of fast-food giant McDonald's is looking for people to rent out their rooms to its staff, in order to expand its workforce.
A billboard placed in Citywest this week called for anyone with a single or double bedroom in the area that could be rented to get in touch with a representative of the franchise owner.
It drew attention to a tax- relief scheme of €14,000 a year that could be claimed for renting a room.
"In September, we at McDonald's are increasing our team members and are seeking accommodation," it said.
The billboard comes amid the deepening and long-lasting housing crisis across the country.
Last month, Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrove said his company was offering mortgage and rent subsidies to prospective staff due to Dublin housing costs.
He said high rents and house prices were now a "significant" factor in trying to attract people to work in Dublin.
"Some of the largest and fastest-growing companies, like Amazon and Stripe, are openly talking about the problem of housing in Dublin," he said.
In 2016, executives at US tech giant Apple expressed concerns about the dearth of accommodation in Cork.
Rents in the capital in particular have soared. The average monthly rent in Dublin is now €1,875.
A statement from Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy's department yesterday said the key to addressing the issue was an increase in supply.
It insisted the pillar of building homes in the Rebuilding Ireland plan was succeeding.