The funds are there, the demand is there, so why is there no real action on housing?
Vanuatu has a housing crisis; Ireland has an unplanned, unmanaged and unnecessary shortage of habitable accommodation. There's a big difference between a housing crisis and trying to hold on to your ideal home or finding your perfect starter home.
We haven't had a natural disaster wiping out the entire housing stock, but thousands have been forced to leave their homes, uproot their children and find temporary shelter. It is the greatest social crisis of our time. It will lead to more civic unrest, more pressure on the health service and an inevitable, inequitable drain on social services.
Three months ago, Environment Minister Alan Kelly announced his five-year plan for housing. Given his staff have exposed a 'spin' on the promised figures of 46,000 housing units, his plan for 2020 is merely a vision, not a reality.