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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are both out of touch with problems of Generation Rent

Rory Hearne


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No laughing matter: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy celebrates holding onto his seat alongside his actor brother, Killian Scott, at the RDS. photo: Steve Humphreys

No laughing matter: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy celebrates holding onto his seat alongside his actor brother, Killian Scott, at the RDS. photo: Steve Humphreys

No laughing matter: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy celebrates holding onto his seat alongside his actor brother, Killian Scott, at the RDS. photo: Steve Humphreys

There can be no doubt this seismic political earthquake stems, to a large degree, from the Government's failure to solve the housing and homelessness crisis.

Experts consistently highlighted the widening crisis from 2014 onwards, and pointed out the flawed approach in housing policies. But the Fine Gael-led Government ploughed on and refused to listen to our analysis and solutions.

Policies worsened the crisis, such as Nama selling off land to vultures, and giving tax breaks to Real Estate Investment Trusts and 'cuckoo fund' landlords who have pushed out first-time buyers and bought up huge swathes of apartments as build-to-rent.