A groundhog year for housing and Brexit

It was a year that began with Brexit and ended with Brexit. In between, the government struggled with the homelessness crisis, politicians’ personal injury claims and cost overruns on public projects. However, with the country at near full employment, Fine Gael can feel reasonably optimistic about holding a general election in the spring

22nd December, 2019
A groundhog year for housing and Brexit
2019 was a year dominated by Brexit. Picture: Getty Images

During his visit to Donegal during the summer, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a bold prediction about the housing crisis.

He talked about how the number of people in emergency accommodation had “levelled off” at 10,000, but added that this was “nothing to be proud of”.

He also predicted that the number would fall, just as the numbers of unemployed and in mortgage arrears had before.

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