Editorial View: To address the housing crisis, we must rebuild

The state must incentivise, finance, enable and manage a house-building initiative on a scale that matches Ireland’s urgent need for homes

4th October, 2020
Editorial View: To address the housing crisis, we must rebuild
More than a decade since the bursting of a construction-led house-price bubble, the skills, imagination and capacity required to meet the housing needs of the Irish people have vanished.

One of the unacknowledged causes of Ireland’s chronic shortage of homes is that we have forgotten how to build them. More than a decade since the bursting of a construction-led house-price bubble, the skills, imagination and capacity required to meet the housing needs of the Irish people have vanished. The result is a social and economic catastrophe in the making, which will be exacerbated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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