Thursday 23 November 2017

Solutions are obvious - over to you, Mr Coveney

Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe
Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

There are more than 70 recommendations for how to solve the housing crisis in the report delivered by TDs but they can be boiled down to one key point. The country needs more housing and it needs it fast.

There are thousands of homeless people - many of them children - living in emergency accommodation. And young couples can't get onto the property ladder as they try to save for a deposit while paying sky-high rents.

It's two months since the Housing and Homelessness Committee began its work - before the Government was even formed. TDs were told to ignore how the housing crisis came about - there have been numerous inquiries into the economic crash - and to focus on fixing it.

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