A semi-State for housing would solve absolutely nothing

The housing emergency requires radical and co-ordinated action by the Government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is no end in sight to the housing crisis. It is a crisis about far more than people sleeping rough or children in cramped private hostels paid for by the taxpayer. That would be bad enough on its own.

It is about young people who cannot buy apartments or houses; older people who cannot move on; about all those who want suitable homes. And it is getting worse. It is mainly an urban problem, which is perhaps one reason why the Dáil’s response has been so lame.

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