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Living for the City: the gaffs – housing in Dublin in 2013

The Banter season of discussions about living, working and playing in the capital city takes a look at the issue of housing

Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 09:53


We opened our Banter autumn/winter series on life in the capital city in the 21st century last night with a lively discussion on bikes and why there’s so much resistance to two-wheels as the most user-friendly transport system for this city. It set a great pace for the rest of the season and big thanks to our panelists Damien Ó Tuama (National Cycling Coordinator for Cyclist.ie), Anne Bedos (Rothar) and Rebecca Moynihan (Dublin City Councillor) and our audience for coming along to participate.

Our next Living for the City Banter will look at the issue of housing.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the men who penned “A House Is Not A Home”, were obviously never going to be looking for work as estate agents in Dublin. When you talk about living in the capital city, the question of gaffs is never far from the surface. After the ridiculous boom years came the inevitable bust and now come signs of a boom again, as anyone seeking to rent or buy a home in the last few years can tell you. It all sounds very familiar – and very worrying. Here we go again. Will we ever learn? And what exactly is there to learn?

This Banter panel will poke and prod the issue of housing in Dublin. From changes in the rental market to the increase in price for family homes located in certain prime suburbs to the provision of social housing, is housing always going to be a hot button issue for capital city denizens? Is there a will or a way to import ideas about housing from other urban areas? Or is our desire for a semi-detached gaff with green patches front and back going to always trump everything?

Talking about gaffs: Ronan Lyons (economist at Daft.ie and Trinity College Dublin), Colette Browne (Irish Independent columnist), Karl Deeter (adviser and analyst at Irish Mortgage Brokers and Advisors.ie and Dr Loran Sirr (lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at DIT)

Venue, date and times: Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1), Wednesday October 23, doors opena at 7.30pm-ish and the Bantering starts at 8pm.

Admission is free, but you need to sign-up first and you’ll find the form here.