Una Mullally: How are we supposed to work in a city that we can't afford to live in?

The housing crisis is exacerbating staff shortages and political stupor is behind it

‘If we don’t get the average rent down by 50 per cent, we will not be able to sufficiently staff shops, hospitality businesses, healthcare and construction.’ Photograph: iStock

‘If we don’t get the average rent down by 50 per cent, we will not be able to sufficiently staff shops, hospitality businesses, healthcare and construction.’ Photograph: iStock

Walk around any village, town or city in Ireland and you’ll see notices on the doors of cafes and restaurants looking for staff. The housing crisis has many stories to tell, and one of those is how it is exacerbating staff shortages across the board.

As we look on at the UK shooting itself in multiple appendages and creating worker shortages by pursuing regressive immigration policies, what about the worker shortages the Irish Government is causing through the housing crisis it created?

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