‘I kick the teeth out of everything’

At the end of a turbulent first year as Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy is bruised but unbowed. In this exclusive interview, he lays out his plan to fix the housing crisis and accuses Fianna Fáil of having laid the foundations for the current mess of a ‘broken system’

22nd July, 2018
Eoghan Murphy : ‘I think it’s a very healthy relationship here in the Department . . . it’s a very good team’ Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

Eoghan Murphy sits in his spacious wood-panelled office in the Custom House in Dublin, with paper files littering the floor. Dressed in a casual shirt (with the sleeves rolled up, of course) and chinos, he sips on black tea and skittishly tosses a sponge mini-basketball between his hands.

It is a year since Murphy took on arguably the hardest job in government at a time when homelessness, house prices and the cost of renting were...

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