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Housing: Government a 'supply stopper'

We need to keep Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in his job, says Bartra Capital founder Richard Barrett

11th October, 2017
Richard Barrett, founder of Bartra Capital

What's your name?

Richard Barrett

What’s your current job?


How long have you held the position?

Five years

Can you describe your daily work routine?

As I work in four different countries, I don’t have a routine. I dislike getting up early and prefer to work late so I rarely wake up pre-8:30. I don’t like formal meetings and have as little of them as possible.

What is your professional background?

Economics and law

Tell me about yourself away from work?

I swim, ski, play tennis, read, and like to travel. I also like wine.

Tell us something very few people know about you?

I worked for the IMF

You are speaking at the forthcoming National Property Summit in Dublin. What is the focus of your talk?

Housing: How to revive and contemporarise it. Social Housing: Solutions are possible

What immediate changes are necessary to ‘rebuild Ireland’ and resolve some of the worst effects of the housing crisis?

Do not replace or promote Eoghan Murphy. His short time as the relevant minister has seen more action and common sense than years of his predecessors.

What changes do you envisage for the sector over the next five years?

Implement the minister’s proposed changes – currently they are publicly announced intentions. The Government needs to look at itself as a supply stopper with an outsized take of various forms of tax revenues.

Richard Barrett is appearing at The Sunday Business Post 4th Annual Residential Property Summit. The agenda and further details for this important national event, at the AVIVA Stadium on November 22nd, is available at

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