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Dermot Bannon, Ciarán Ferrie and Michelle Moore of Ava Housing in their latest retrofit house in Beaumont. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dermot Bannon, Ciarán Ferrie and Michelle Moore of Ava Housing in their latest retrofit house in Beaumont. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dermot Bannon, Ciarán Ferrie and Michelle Moore of Ava Housing in their latest retrofit house in Beaumont. Photo: Tony Gavin

Long pilloried as ‘bed-blockers’, the over-60s are now regarded in some quarters as the housing equivalent, i.e. ‘house-blockers’ — people living in their empty nests instead of freeing them up for younger families with children.

A few weeks ago, British housing minister Chris Pincher attacked older people for “rattling around” in houses that are too big for them.


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