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John McCartney: 'We need to know how many homes are lost - and which ones to replace'

  

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Ten years ago, Ireland's ghost estates epitomised the bursting of the property bubble - the obvious symptom of over-building. Today, the homelessness crisis is the obvious symptom of the opposite failure in the housing market - under-supply.

Why don't we build the right number of homes in the right places? Poor data is a big issue. Without reliable data, it is impossible to know how much housing we need.


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