We Can’t Rebuild It


From top: Tánaiste and former Minister for Housing Simon Coveney announcing funding as part of Rebuilding Ireland last year; Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at another announcement about the initiative earlier this year

Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, writes:

The [Rebuilding Ireland] plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021.

At that point, in July 2016, some 6,525 people were homeless. The average price of purchasing a home across the country was €215,000; in Dublin it was €314,311. The average rent had tipped €1,000 and there were fewer than 3,100 properties available to let nationwide.

Currently, there are 9,846 people homeless, according to the latest statistics. The average house price nationwide is €254,000; in Dublin it is €374,885.

The most recent figures show the average rent is €1,261 and there are 3,086 rental properties on the market.

Has the Government’s plan to end homelessness achieved anything? (The Irish Times)


Thanks Ronan


This morning.

Government Buildings. Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin TDs Eoin O Broin (centre left) and David Cullinane (right) and party members ‘celebrate’ the second anniversary of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’.


17 thoughts on “We Can’t Rebuild It

  1. Dr.Fart MD

    and there isn’t a party capable of fixing it. the only thing that will lower prices etc. is another recession.

  2. Shayna

    I miss the “Crying Chair” posts. It does highlight the absurdity of rental charges in, particularly Dublin.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    “Has the Government’s plan to end homelessness achieved anything?”

    Massive profiteering from Fine Gael landlords.

  4. dav

    Blushirts will do nothing to help the country, they will only do something to help themselves and their vulture fund mates.

      1. dav

        And yet blushirts have ballsed up the so-called recovery they’ve made the shinners the king makers of the next government. all it would have taken is a little compassion, a little empathy but no, thatcherism reigns..

        1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

          The recovery is not ”so called” it is very real for a very many, we are back in boom times, who knows for how long.

  5. Cian

    The population of Ireland is rising by about 50,000 per year[1]; This breaks down into 20,000 migrants and 30,000 natural increase (births-deaths).
    There are 100,000 more people living in Ireland today than 2016; homelessness is (unfortunately) up 3,400 – but this means that an additional 96,600 people have been housed in the last 2 years.

    saying all that – we do have a problem and the government is not doing things fast enough to solve the housing problem – especially in the main cities.

    [1] CSO rates between 2015 and 2017

  6. the cold water

    Incompetence, apathy or collusion? I’m not sure which, but FG are doing a great job at facilitating the exploitation of this crisis by their developer buddies. The sweet deals to build so-called student accommodation with rents of over 300 p.w. is sick.
    And why developers have to make 25% on every site baffles me when there are other viable and proven methods of building.

  7. LinkedIn

    Can never wrap my head around why Eoin O’Broin chooses to dress like a lager-swilling English casual. It’s inappropriate for a Provo and clownish. Zing.

  8. anne

    Isn’t it gas how certain regulations can be enforced, but others not so much.

    Rents are supposed to be capped at 4% per year in rent pressure zones yet we’re seeing increases way beyond this..upwards of 10-15%. How are rents going up that much if they’re capped at 4%?

    No enforcement is why. A landlord can boot you out under the pretence of relatives moving in, selling up or “substantial” renovations… the onus is on the tenant to submit a case with the RTB to deal with rogue landlords – and there’s a huge cohort of them.

    This is not a way to have communities.. no stability. families living next to houses filled with random renters renting single rooms.

    It’s all to suit our TD landlords..

    1. D

      > TD landlords

      how dare you, some of them are in fact landladies. or married to landladies, interests as yet not declared.

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