Friday 24 November 2017

Supply crisis requires a calculated response, not desperate measures

We cannot cut corners again. Our existing stock of houses can meet our needs if managed better

'The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems' Stock photo: Graham Moore
'The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems' Stock photo: Graham Moore

Conor Skehan

Apprentice carpenters are taught 'measure twice, cut once' to stress how important it is to have a full understanding before acting irreversibly.

As Ireland emerges from a housing collapse, that dramatically disrupted housing supply, there is a clamour to build, build, and build. Much of this clamouring is taking place without the measure of housing as a whole.

The Housing Agency is warning that there is an excessive concentration on house-building alone. This will only address the symptoms and not the causes of housing and homelessness problems.

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