Social housing problem won't solve itself
* NAMA has said in the past week that it has identified some 40,000 homes in their possession as possible social housing units with 2,000 being made available over the next three years. This is a joke and will not make a dent in the 98,000 families on the list for social housing. That so many families are on the social housing list is a great shame and shows that not everyone suckled at the teat of the Celtic Tiger.
Boarded-up council houses are a common site in many estates in Ireland.
At a time now when people are struggling to pay rents, and working families are losing their private homes, it is vital that the local authorities invest in the future.