John Walsh: HSE failures show why Ireland should not throw endless money at housing

If it is not viable to build houses when prices have never been higher, at what point does it become viable?

The government’s prospects of being re-elected hinges largely on addressing the housing problem

Opposition politicians and property developers may have very different views on how to solve the housing crisis, but they agree on one very important point: they want greater state intervention.

Most opposition parties are calling for the state to directly intervene in the market and provide more housing, with the focus on social and affordable units. Property developers generally want the government to open its chequebook and provide fiscal incentives for the provision of more ...