John Walsh: The pensions time bomb will be as societally disruptive as the housing crisis

The government must start planning now to ensure that the state has the fiscal resources it will need to meet the future demands of the population

Less people owning homes at retirement age in future years is going to mean increasing hardship and poverty

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” was Roy Keane’s damning observation of the Football Association of Ireland when he walked out of the Irish camp during the 2002 World Cup. In reality, the same indictment could be applied to most Irish governments over the past few decades.

We live in an era of polycrisis, although the most intractable and consequential in an Irish context is the shortage of housing. Just as the coalition government seemed ...