Big Read: How Dublin became ‘a city that nobody lives in’

Decades of poor planning, not enough homes and too many offices have combined to make Dublin a city in dire need of housing

With the emphasis on construction of office space, Dublin now has an acute shortage of housing. Picture: Getty

For a long time, Ireland has grappled with how to promote city living.

“We are now in the position that in Dublin there is an acute shortage of houses,” Fine Gael’s James Dillon said.

“What is the matter with the building policy of a country which leaves its people in slum rooms and condemned buildings and diverts the building industry and its resources to an unprecedented programme of luxury hotels and office buildings?” Dillon, the ...