Elaine Byrne: The ‘rainy day’ Fine Gael is saving for is here – it’s called the housing crisis

Housing has already cost the government two ministers, and there is every chance that it will cause further instability in the months ahead

There is only one item on the political menu that matters from now until election day, and that is housing. Practically every government department is consumed by it, one way or another. It is the defining issue of the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green coalition.

Housing has cost this administration two ministerial careers so far. Damien English fell on his sword as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise just three weeks after ...