Eoin Ó Broin: Our dysfunctional housing system can be fixed

Case for large-scale State investment in public housing never stronger

We need a better regulated and more stable private sector focused on long-term affordable housing need not short-term financial gain. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

We need a better regulated and more stable private sector focused on long-term affordable housing need not short-term financial gain. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

The housing policies of the past decade have failed. Over reliance on private developers and institutional investors to deliver a sufficient supply of homes in the right places and the right price has not worked.

The most pressing question is not whether we need a change of approach, but how profound should that change be.

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