'How long will it take before I can buy a house?' - Young mum (27) lived in parents' home while fiancé worked 100 miles away
Living in her parents' house while trying to raise two young children was a necessary struggle for 27-year-old Laura Ryan.
Because of the surging rent costs around the country, the young mum from Rathoath had no choice but to remain in her parents' house, while her fiancé Pedro worked and lived in Belfast.
"Up until January, I was living at home with my 20-month-old daughter.
"But when my second-born came along I could clearly see how packed my parents' house was getting," she said.
"It was clear that we needed somewhere else to live, but we found it impossible to find an affordable place to rent in Dublin or even near my parents' home.
"Being pregnant, I found it very difficult to be away from Pedro.
"He came up to us during the weekends, but it was still not enough.
"I think it was just how amazing he was around our children that kept me going. Whenever he would leave each Sunday I always found myself in tears.
"I could have moved up to Belfast, but I really didn't want to go to a place so far away from my family and friends."
Pedro (28) has since found work as a mechanical design engineer in Dundalk, which made things a lot easier.
However, finding a suitable place to live was not as straightforward as you'd think.
"The prices were just so excessive, in Dublin and in Rathoath apartments were going for €1,200," she said.
"We couldn't get a place nearby and then started looking in Cavan.
"My mam thought I was crazy looking to move away so far, but we really just wanted a proper place to live where we could raise a family.
"Originally, we wanted to buy a house, but it is just not possible at the moment.
"We eventually came across a four-bedroom house in Cavan going for €700 per month.
"Although it's not in an ideal location, with Pedro having to drive an hour-and-a-half to work each day, it's the only suitable place we could find.
"Looking back I find it surreal that my mam and dad were able to buy a house when they were much younger than us.
"I'm now 27 and have just moved out of my parents' house, only starting to rent.
"How long will it take before I can buy a house? It's a very crazy and scary situation."