Generation Rent: ‘It’s totally out of your control’

Families are trapped by ‘extortionate’ Irish rents and restrictive house buying rules

Olivia Kelly reports on rising rents in Ireland and how not enough new homes are being built to meet demand. (Figures: June 2015)

André Filipe recently moved into a two-bedroom house in East Wall. He works in a tech company he’s now a short walk from, and he has a back garden for his two small children to play in.

He is delighted to be living there – “It’s wonderful,” he says – but he spent two months crashing on friends’ couches while looking for somewhere for his family to live.

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