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Want to fix affordable homes problem? We need an ‘Elon O’Leary’

Conor Skehan


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A fresh approach could help fix our broken housing market. Photo: PA

A fresh approach could help fix our broken housing market. Photo: PA

A fresh approach could help fix our broken housing market. Photo: PA

Imagine a low-cost housing company. Let’s imagine it is established by a guy called Elon O’Leary — he has experience of technical innovation and low-cost business. He spotted an opportunity in the inability of the Irish market to meet a surging need to supply affordable housing.

At the time Irish society had allowed itself to believe it was a uniquely Irish problem — despite the reality that the real cause, the financialisation of housing, was behind a wave of crisis in the sector that was sweeping the whole world.


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