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Hosts Tony Groves (top left) and Martin McMahon (right) present part two of their interview with architect Mel Reynolds (centre).

Martin writes:

In part one Mel broke down why the private developer market cannot build affordable homes and how the state could.

In this next part we discuss:Why the moral hazard argument is cutting off your nose to spite your face; How the Rent Pressure Zones have helped create an upwards only rental market and why the most optimistic scenario for the Buy to Let repossessions could see a trebling of homelessness.

Finally, Mel gives us 3 relatively cheap and effective solutions that could start to turn the tide. These ideas are so sensible and make so much financial sense that it is a wonder our government haven’t addressed them already.

Mel Reynolds interview Part 1

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Earlier: Michael Taft on Affording Affordable Houses

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A Homelessness and the Housing Crisis Special as Martin McMahon (above right) and Tony Groves Left) are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Mel Reynolds (centre), architect, project manager, “certified passive house designer: and writer with Village magazine.

Martin writes:

Mel has the tenacity to take the Department of Housing reports, the Rebuilding Ireland Reports and even the Oireachtas Housing Reports, read them, cut through the spin and get to the facts.

Needless to say, Mel’s work is and should be the starting point for people who want to know what the real numbers are and what are the solutions.

In part 1 Mel explains why the underlying assumptions on the housing market are wrong, and have been wrong for 40 years; Why an affordable home cannot be built by the private sector currently; Why the government housing stats, putting it mildly, aren’t reliable; Why it’s a Landlords market; The Land Casino that is the relationship between new house prices and land prices; Can we get a real affordable housing scheme?; The HAP Trap and why Fine Gael are financially illiterate here…

Part 2 tomorrow.

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Earlier: Tony Groves on Money Problems

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Martin McMahon (top right) and Tony Groves (left) are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Paddy Cole (centre), trade unionist, SIPTU worker, Labour national executive member, “defender of the badge”, stirrer of pots, “proper bearded Lefty” and soon to be a new father.

Martin writes:

Sparks fly in this one. We discuss Labour in power 2011-16; Whether it’s fair that Labour as the minority party in government get the majority of the blame and what now for the party?

Paddy talks about the Trade Union movement and why only a bottom up, rather than top down, approach can bring about real change.

A tough and sometimes thorny conversation, but we are very grateful to Paddy for coming on, taking the hits and to be able to give them back.

Some strong language and some even stronger opinions throughout.

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Martin McMahon (right) and Tony Groves (left) are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Garvan Grant, editor and co-founder of Traffic Media, author of  The Trueish History of Ireland, formerly of The Sunday Business Post and the number one source for fake-fake news on Twitter.

Martin writes:

After Tony exposes his man-crush we discuss: The future of print; mainstream media in the social media age; The good and bad sides of social media; Satire as a tool for change and some of the best fun twitter accounts around; Trump Twitter, Leo Twitter and who can you bloody vote for these days!

Garvan has kindly given us a copy ofThe Trueish History of Ireland for one lucky listener. All you need to do is tweet the podcast after you’ve listened and tag Garvan @garvangrant

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Martin McMahon (top right) and Tony Groves (left) are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Simon McGarr (centre) solicitor at McGarr Solicitors, Director at Data Compliance Europe and blogger at tuppenceworth.ie.

Martin writes:

Given the importance of this podcast we decided to split it into two parts. In the first 45mins Simon deals with what Data is, what the law requires of the State and whether a satisfactory explanation has been given for the mandatory, but not compulsory Public Services Card. There’s also a neat story about how using Freedom of Information requests can reveal secrets that are EXEMPT from FOI requests….

Part 2 tomorrow.

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Martin McMahon and Tony Groves are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Anne Marie McNally (top), former ‘sheet columnist, Social Democrat Political Director and party representative for Dublin Mid West.

Martin writes:

Anne-Marie is the creator of the #LockedOutGen that we’ve discussed on the pod previously and is someone who has spent her career, in and out of politics joining the dots between politics and what happens in our everyday lives.

We discussed:The #LockedOutGen and those left behind by the Republic of Opportunity; The #SocDem alternatives and bringing sustainable thinking in politics; #JoinTheDots and making politics matter everyday; #StormEleanor and the Climate Change Spin Cycle and predictions for the next election.

Some strong language, but none from Anne-Marie, she was a complete lady.

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Tony Groves (top left) and Martin McMahon are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by author, linguist and constant champion of inner city youth, Frankie Gaffney (right, with excitable friend).

Martin writes:

Frankie, while no stranger to controversy, is for my money, one of the most sincere voices around and his calls for unity come from a desire for a better society.

We discuss: Inequality and the #LockedOutGen; Joining the Dots in 2018.; Left Unity and why Frankie is much more optimistic for 2018; Social Media, bullying vs debating; The Labour Party’s road to perdition or redemption; A very Young Fine Gael Christmas and a linguistic view of the Disney Channel accent! Strong language and bad jokes throughout.

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon (left) are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by Joan Collins, Independent TD for Dublin South Central.

Martin writes:

When the book is written on this age of austerity, Joan will be remembered as a constant voice for the ordinary citizen. Her challenging of the promissory note alone was a battle cry that rejected the “we are where we are” BS that is used to defend the many crises facing the country.

We discuss: The day Joan confronted outgoing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern; the worsening housing and homelessness emergency; what is next for the Irish Labour Party.; How close we really came to a Christmas election. And how, by having open conversations, the #RepealThe8th referendum can be won.

Not sure there’s any strong language, for once!

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

Hosts Martin McMahon (top left) and Tony Groves (right( are joined in the ‘tortoise shack’ by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely (centre).

Aaron writes for The Huffington Post, CounterPunch, HeadStuff and The New Satesman among others and is a passionate voice for the arts.

Martin writes:

We discuss Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump; the #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience; the Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes; The 8th Committee and the likely next steps. And Arron gave us his two recommendations of shows to watch over the Christmas…he’s an absolute gentleman,

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The Echo Chamber podcast.

In the fourth part of a series on the homelessness crisis, Martin McMahon (top left) and Tony Groves (right) are joined by Mary McAuliffe (centre), assistant Professor/lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD, former president of the Women’s History Association of Ireland and a tireless feminist activist.

Martin writes:

We discuss the “inconvenient” voices of women and feminism; the issue of homelessness and “family hubs” via the prism of our history of warehousing our most vulnerable; the changing of Ireland from a Catholic Theocracy, to a Neoliberal Ideology, and why selling the old Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street to a hotel chain is a BIG mistake.

Plus, Mary hammers home the point that, throughout our History and up to today, we convict poor people of poverty.

Mary is a passionate and cogent voice for feminism and an advocate for changing and challenging patriarchal power structures. She is also a great follow on twitter.

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