From top: Richard Bruton in 2016; Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy

“There is no system more broken than the system of housing in this country. The system is completely broken and needs to be re-built”

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, June 9, 2016

“The entire housing system needs to be restructured to stop it from breaking again”

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, yesterday


Karl J writes:

What is a “housing system”? Is it Fine Gael-speak?

It was mentioned two years ago, yet has there been a change?

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

17 thoughts on “System Failure

  1. Dr.Fart MD

    “I’ve tried everything I can think of. Photo ops with a hard hat on. Photo ops with my sleeves rolled up looking at upside-down building plans. Photo ops on building sites… and still nothing has changed. If it keeps going like this I fear I’ll run out of photo op ideas. I mean, when was the last time anyone saw me without a hard hat on? I really don’t know what else i can do” – Eoghan Murphy

          1. Dr.Fart MD

            anyone else, this would be a normal comment. but it’s Cian. So he’s being sarcastic, as he’s a big FG head. So tell us, Cian, how can you possibly defend FG’s housing record? tell us.

  2. RuilleBuille

    In 2011 Higgins was the Labour candidate for President.

    In 2018 Higgins is the Establishment candidate for President.

  3. JunkFace

    Maybe they should just ask the people who last built the large social housing projects of the 60’s and 70’s? Seems like they have a fear of committing to anything. Ridiculous people!

  4. rotide

    “What is a “housing system”? Is it Fine Gael-speak?”

    Have we come to a point where plain english is considered management speak? What are they teaching kids in school?

  5. :-Joe

    Tax the land properly, penalise site hoarders and create incentives for builders to get to work on the necessary infrastructure projects that benefit citizens and the future of the country.

    It’s not complicated, even a fool like me has figured it out…. -ye useless, establishment, fupping traitors.

    Vote local independent candidates and avoid encouraging the establishment for private finance party ideology.


  6. Otis Blue

    The Rebuilding Ireland strategy sets out housing targets for each Local Authority. Why doesn’t he publish a progress report showing outcomes each month.

    In a similar vein on January 1st next Local Authorities can impose the vacant site levy of 3%. 12 months on this will rise to 7%. Funds you expect would be needed by many cash strapped Local Authorities.

    Note though that next years levy can only be collected if the property in question was on the Vacant Sites register by June 1st 2018. I wonder if Minister Murphy would care to state the number of properties on each Local Authority register at that date.

    I’d wager a decent sum that the answer would be disappointing, but not in the least bit surprising.

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