Saturday August 15, 2020

Stephen Kinsella: Evincing the emotion of housing

The role of the Central Bank is to be dispassionate and independent. It has tweaked the rules once. Will it change them again?

27th November, 2016
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Home ownership is the most emotive policy issue in the state. Not water charges, not public sector pay, not Travellers’ rights, not reproductive rights, not even the status of Ireland’s so-called military neutrality. Nothing evinces emotion like housing.

The tip of the spear is, of course, homelessness. We are one of the richest countries on planet Earth, and we have thousands of families living in hotel rooms, hostels and on the streets...

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