Una Mullally: Why did it take a Kildare housing estate to wake up Government?

Fine Gael’s ideology is so embedded they cannot even recognise it themselves

New homes at Mullen Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New homes at Mullen Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It wasn’t just the investment funds buying up apartments in Dublin. Or the luxury purpose-built student accommodation littering our landscape. Or the co-living developments. Or the homelessness. Or the upwardly spiralling rents. Or Airbnb sucking housing stock out of cities. Or urban dereliction. Or land-hoarding. Or the lack of public housing being built. Or the mini-bubbles that keep inflating in certain areas where house prices are rising.

Or developers trying to sell entire blocks of apartments to tech companies. Or those forced to live in their parents’ homes well into adulthood because they can’t afford rent. Or the corporate gentrification. Or aparthotels being built where housing should be. Or the new wave of emigration instigated by a lack of rent affordability. Or the mental-health crisis our housing crisis has contributed hugely to.

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