Wednesday July 15, 2020

Elaine Byrne: A referendum on housing is not going to solve the supply crisis

A proposed amendment to the Constitution is not a practical solution and could have unintended consequences

28th June, 2020
‘The proposed 39th amendment to insert a right to housing into the Constitution has far-reaching consequences for Irish society’. Picture: Getty

The programme for government has committed to a referendum on housing. The proposed 39th amendment to insert a right to housing into the Constitution has far-reaching consequences for Irish society.

It is reasonable to assume that, after five weeks of marathon talks between the three-way coalition partners, some description would have been provided regarding what exactly this would entail.

Nope. Zero, zip, zilch, nada, nothing. The very title of the 126-page programme for government –...

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