Saturday 16 December 2017

Brendan Ogle: Not coming to eat your children — but he has a better grasp of reality than Government when it comes to the housing emergency

Home Truths: Ogling the only solution: state as the developer 

IT came from trade union firebrand Brendan Ogle - he who has variously threatened to cut off our electricity, derail our train services, drain our water board and eat our children (well, maybe not the latter). Much as many mightn't like it, Mr Ogle's suggestion for solving the housing emergency, as tabled on TV last week from the state-built Corpo housing estate in which he was born and still lives; is the most practical yet heard on the issue.

There were only 605 social housing units started on-site in Dublin City in 2016

Home truths: Justification for the State as a developer 

A friend recently advertised a room to let in his Dublin house, seeking €500 per month. Among the responses received was an application from a hotel sector professional in his 30s. He had struggled to find a place of any sort over many months since his landlord gave him notice of selling up. In his application - his first point of contact - he unashamedly pleaded to be given a chance to rent the room. He stressed in particular that he was single and would promise not to get into a relationship in the foreseeable future. Therefore, no one would be visiting or staying over.

Shane, Maurice, Therese and Siobhan MacGowan

Shane MacGowan's family home in Tipperary hits the market for €230k 

Can you imagine having Shane MacGowan spend Christmas Day in your house every year for 30 years? According to his sister Siobhan, also an accomplished singer and a writer, wherever he was in the world, Shane came back to the family homestead each and every year (Christmas Day is also his birthday) and on the big day, the entire family would always sing 'Fairytale Of New York' - the song for which he will forever be remembered.

The 19-century gristmill near Navan

Fix it up: A gristmill in Meath 

What is it?   An early 19th-century gristmill thought to be the only occupied windmill of its type in Ireland and the tallest building in Meath. The Balrath Windmill near Navan was built in 1803 by the Balrath Estate for the war effort against Napoleon, to grind grain to feed the forces.  A storm broke its sails and it went to ruin until acquired  by the Madden family in 1993. They part-restored it in 2003/04. The five-floor tapered stone building has its continuous circular stairs laid against the inside walls.  It has new floors, electrics and plumbing, and has been reroofed and refenestrated.