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We must make bold and swift decisions to fix the housing crisis

Hugh Wallace


Decisive action is needed to give all citizens access to affordable housing backed up with proper transport infrastructure, writes Hugh Wallace

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CHALLENGE: Hugh Wallace says experts — not politicians — can find solutions to the housing crisis. Picture: Conor Healy

CHALLENGE: Hugh Wallace says experts — not politicians — can find solutions to the housing crisis. Picture: Conor Healy

CHALLENGE: Hugh Wallace says experts — not politicians — can find solutions to the housing crisis. Picture: Conor Healy

Ireland is in the middle of one of the worst housing crises since the formation of the State. The new Government has promised to deliver many thousands of new houses in the next four years. But their target is already under pressure. Even if it is reached, we are still not designing houses for both living and working in, or putting them in locations that have easy access to public transport links and other services.

The problem is that our planning system is now 60 years old and was created in a very different time. It does not address the needs of our citizens working and living in our cities, towns or in the countryside. The only solution is radical and expert-led action. And to understand what that action needs to be, we must first analyse the problems that the system faces right now.


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