Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pros and Cons: Seven reasons Coveney's ambitious housing plan will and will not work

Has Coveney learnt anything from past mistakes with his big housing plan?

Simon Coveney has revealed a new plan to solve Ireland's housing crisis. Picture Credit: Damien Eagers
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

We've had housing crises before - in the late 1990s and most of all in the 1940s and 1950s when the slums in our cities were cleared. Successive governments have learned lessons from tackling housing issues in the past, but too many have also repeated history's mistakes. So has the new €5.35bn housing action plan unveiled yesterday taken into account past successes or does it repeat the mistakes which have led to failure? The answer is perhaps a little of both.

The Coveney Plan fails to learn from past mistakes because:

1. It rolls old promises into new ones:

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