Housing crisis is coming home to roost for the government parties

Last week’s debacle – where almost an entire housing estate intended for first-time buyers was snapped up by an investment firm – could spark a disaster for the parties who maintain the status quo

9th May, 2021
Housing crisis is coming home to roost for the government parties
‘There is a world of difference between those who own their own home and those who do not, between those who have security of tenure while renting and those who do not’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

To misquote Bill Clinton’s famous election slogan, it’s the houses, stupid.

Last week, the Business Post broke the story that a global property investment firm had pushed out first-time buyers by purchasing most of a 170-home estate in Maynooth.

The reaction was swift and angry. Extracts of Dáil speeches went viral on social media, radio and television debates...

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