Sean Mulryan: Cheaper land, skilled hands and radical thinking can solve the housing crisis

Mulryan, one of Ireland’s biggest developers, is worried that a skills shortage will thwart house building plans. But he also thinks there’s a solution

1st October, 2017
Sean Mulryan: short-term thinking must stop. The government must work with developers and builders to deliver housing Picture: Fergal Phillips

Sean Mulryan is sitting alone in the lobby of the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin 4. We are meeting to discuss what Ireland can do to tackle its housing crisis. There are few people who know more about property than the veteran developer, who founded the Ballymore Group in 1982.

This year is the 35th anniversary of Ballymore’s first showhouse in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. It has, over the decades since, built tens of thousands of homes in...

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