History repeats itself in our housing policy

History repeats itself in our housing policy

It’s the 1960s again as we see a perfect storm of a booming but precarious economy, a housing shortage and a rising population in Dublin - yet the public sector standards bill is languishing

Something remarkable happened in Ireland in the booming 1960s. For the first time since independence, more people were now living in urban Ireland rather than rural Ireland.

But Dublin could not accommodate this mass movement to the capital from the countryside. Serviced land with sewage, water, and drainage amenities was non-existent and planning permission could not be granted. Local authorities were initially slow to respond to the demand for housing.

No surprise, then, that a...

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