Thursday 22 February 2018

Let the homeless refugees breathe new life into our ghost estates

Not only do we have vacant and half-built housing in the countryside, we also have 8,000 vacant houses and 16,321vacant apartments in Dublin
Not only do we have vacant and half-built housing in the countryside, we also have 8,000 vacant houses and 16,321vacant apartments in Dublin
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

The refugee crisis has shone a light on an issue that in Ireland is always simmering under the surface: housing. A lot of people have made the point that we have nowhere to put the refugees if they were to come here. This seems a natural thing to say when you think of the difficulties of finding accommodation, the upward movement in rents and the extreme version of this - real homelessness.

But is this actually the case? Do we have too few houses in Ireland?

In fact, we have too many.

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