Ian Guider: Forget crisis summits on housing, the government needs to get its cheque book out

The state does not have the expertise, people or time to build much-needed housing and apartments, so it needs to pay others to do so – and fast

Can you remember the outcome of last week’s confab between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and members of the property industry, construction lobbyists and social housing representatives? That is apart from the Twitter back and forth about who deserved to be invited to the emergency summit and who didn’t. No? Same here.

If you really want to know what’s happening in housing, ignore the talking shops and ask the people actually building homes, the ones who ...