Meanwhile, At the Department of Housing

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This afternoon.

Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Activists who had occupied a vacant house at 35 Summerhill Parade, some wearing Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy masks, take their protest to the Department of Housing.

Dublin Central Housing Action says that the occupation of the property is a protest against the continuing national housing crisis and government inaction.

Summerhill Occupation

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28 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At the Department of Housing

    1. Col

      This issue isn’t just about free houses. Supply is falling too short of demand. This drives house prices and rents up and this causes housing problems such as homelessness.
      The government isn’t doing enough to increase supply of private homes, affordable homes and social housing.
      I’m working, paying high rent and saving for a deposit. But as prices increase, it’s difficult to keep up. I would like more government action.

      1. millie st murderlark

        Very well said. I think this encapsulates what a lot of people, especially young people, feel about housing in this country at the moment.

        1. Cian

          There is a shortage of homes in Dublin at the moment – and this won’t change in the short term (regardless of government policy).

          What is a fair way to allocate this restricted resource between competing families?
          If you have 1 house but it can only go to one of:
          – young Irish couple – both working
          – young foreign couple – both working
          – old couple – on a state pension
          – old couple – on a state + private pension
          – couple – one working
          – couple – both on the dole
          – …

          is there any fair way?

          1. GiggidyGoo

            ‘Regardless of government policy’ ?
            It’s government policy that has contributed vastly to this. Are you trying to insinuate that government policy is to alleviate the situation?

          2. realPolithicks

            “There is a shortage of homes in Dublin at the moment – and this won’t change in the short term (regardless of government policy)”

            Ah Cian, you do make me laugh sometimes with your constant championing of this government. The obvious solution to the housing problem is for local authorities to start building homes again as they did for decades, but FG are firmly opposed to this as they consider the private market sacrosanct.

          3. Rob_G

            @ real P

            – if that very interesting series of tweets about the history of social housing taught me anything, it is that local authorities building houses was not always smooth sailing – beware of people claiming simple solutions for complex problems.

          4. Cian

            My point is that even if the government does a complete u-turn and starts to build 100,000 houses in Dublin – it will take at least 9 months to 1 year before the first people are housed.
            So in the short term – we will continue to have a shortage .

            I agree that the solution is to build more houses – both public and private. I have said this repeatedly on BS over the years.

  1. Mr. P

    But, But… there IS a homes for all programme..

    What you do is:
    – Get a starter job, work hard and become an asset to your employer.
    – Get promoted/ a new job with better conditions, work hard and become an asset to your employer.
    – Get promoted again/ a new job again with better conditions, work hard and become an asset to your employer.
    – If you cannot afford rent/ Mortgage, get a second job, work hard and become an asset to your employer.
    – Save for Mortgage/ Pay rent
    – HOMES FOR ALL !

    1. Col

      I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic, but there aren’t enough homes at the moment. That’s the problem.
      Here is an article that outlines one report explaining this.
      http://www.ucd.ie/innovation/newsevents/news/2018/february/initiativeirelandhousing2031reportshows4timesmorenewhousesneedtobebuiltin2018comparedtolastyear/
      Here is another
      http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-housing-shortage-2-3929194-Mar2018/

      There are loads of these articles explaining the current housing deficit.

    2. Col

      I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic, but there are not homes for all at the moment. There is a housing deficit (not enough homes for people).
      This article is about a report by Investec that explains the situation:
      http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-housing-shortage-2-3929194-Mar2018/
      This on is about a report by Initiative Ireland
      http://www.ucd.ie/innovation/newsevents/news/2018/february/initiativeirelandhousing2031reportshows4timesmorenewhousesneedtobebuiltin2018comparedtolastyear/
      There are loads more.

  2. Gavin

    There are some real morons on here who see everything as simple black and white, hopefully they don’t work in jobs that require any real critical thinking

  3. Peter Dempsey

    AFFORDABLE MORTGAGES FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK IN DUBLIN CITY CENTRE BUT HAVE TO COMMUTE LONG DISTANCES!

  4. Daisy Chainsaw

    I’d say, give or take a few raised on farms, the majority of people posting here were raised in a “free house” that their parents were “given” during the social housing builds of 60s – 80s. Of course, their “free house” was rented from the Council/Corpo so it wasn’t a free “free house” and guess what, it’s what happens nowadays too, but the generations who benefitted from the “free house” regime don’t want others to get it now, for some strange reason.

        1. Cian

          If the people posting here are a representative sample of the population in general – then you are wrong. Ireland has always had a very large home-owning population – and a relatively small rental (including social housing). Since this is households not individuals, we also need to look at the ‘number of children’ per household. This isn’t heavily skewed toward social housing. Purely on that basis – the average person in Ireland is much more likely to have grow up in a ‘mortgage-paying’ household than social-housing.

          On the other hand, if you think BS is more likely to attract a social-housing-reared person – you might be correct.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Eu! I never realised. I’ll have to rethink posting here amongst all you POVS. I might catch something. Scrofula, probs.

  5. Bill

    That boyd barret muppet there. Complains about everything but never has a valid solution to his complaints.

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