Classism is a big barrier to solving our housing crisis

In order to justify their abandonment of large-scale public housing provision by local authorities, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have crafted a discourse that demonises council estates as ghettos and ganglands

18th March, 2018

‘Council sells contentious Clondalkin house at a loss of €239k,” screamed the local newspaper headline last month. The reason for the sale of the four-bed, 1,600 sq ft property at such a loss is to be found in Ireland’s great unspoken prejudice: class.

The house was built in 2006 to offset the cost of erecting a wall between two estates. The original intention was to sell the property on the open...

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