‘They’ve a neck like a jockey’s backside to be asking those prices’

Dublin’s spiralling rents have left many people facing the prospect of homelessness

Renters: Janette Byrne and Nigel Clark at the home they’re due to leave in June. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Renters: Janette Byrne and Nigel Clark at the home they’re due to leave in June. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Outside a terraced house on North Circular Road in Dublin, 15 people are waiting in the rain for an estate agent. Huddled in the porch of the house, 66-year-old James Farrell is telling 60-year-old John Prendergast and 50-year-old Louise Hanrahan about the bedsit he and two dozen other people viewed the day before.

“I said to the agent, ‘Any chance you could put a marquee out in the yard for me?’” says Farrell and they laugh.

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