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What to expect on health and housing issues from next government in power

Dan O'Brien


The next government, whoever forms it, will not tackle healthcare - but the outlook for housing is better, writes Dan O'Brien

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Arthur Carron

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Arthur Carron

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Arthur Carron

It was always likely that housing and health would be big issues in the election campaign. That is how it turned out, and then some. The next government, whoever forms it, will have to make changes in how it addresses these issues, and be seen to be doing things differently. Visible changes, whether they make an impact or not, will feature heavily in the programme for government.

Before discussing those two issues, consider three big facts about government spending which may not be widely known, but which are relevant to the discussion of health and housing.

1) Amounts: Each year the State spends almost €20,000 for every man, woman and child living in the country. That money goes on health, housing, welfare benefits, schools, roads, public sector pay, local government, and everything else the State pays for. That €20,000 per person gives a lot of scope to any government to direct resources to where they are most effective.