Today’s Lesson


Marion Russel tweetz:

Was handed this letter from my son’s school when I came home from the Raise The Roof demonstration today

Have a read of it as it is very relevant to today’s motion [on the housing crisis] in the Dáil…

Earlier: A Crisis On Wheels


32 thoughts on “Today’s Lesson

  1. ReproButina

    There is a nationwide shortage of teachers and this is not the first teacher I’ve heard of turning down a job in Dublin due to house prices.

  2. I am a mole

    If that teacher can get work easily closer to home why did he apply for a job then turn it down?

    1. giggidygoo

      Maybe applied for two jobs? Both came through, and the Dublin one was refused due to Yoghan and his overbuilding and over supply of houses? That’s the message he’s giving – latest on drivetime this evening. Sure there’s €3bn ‘ringfenced’ ( probably some actavo fences used ). Except we all know that the pension fund was ringfenced, and was pilfered by FFGLABrats

    1. millie st murderlark

      You’re right. No one could ever possibly attend a protest in Dublin and then return to their home in Dublin on the same day.

      The transport just isn’t there for that kind of travel.

        1. millie st murderlark

          If you go to any other European country you see what a proper public transport system actually looks like

  3. Politicans let you down

    Kids don’t vote, but if they could they’d vote for more time off school.
    (Future Voters, maybe… Let’s not educate them. What could go wrong?)

    This is a symptom of the Housing-CRISIS.
    An inexcusable thing…. so let’s deflect…

  4. Politicans let you down

    If your friend is a politician you can get help.
    Call us free on 1970-58008-123

  5. Steph Pinker

    Within the past seven years [through personal knowledge and experiences], particularly regarding undergraduate and post-graduate students, I know of many cases whereby students dropped of of university/ deferred their courses, or cancelled their places on said courses because they couldn’t access, or afford accommodation. I also know of some students who slept in their cars during the academic week and joined the college gym to avail of the shower and toilet facilities. There are also many cases of students living with extended family members/ family associates while using their couches to sleep on – in fact, any stores which sell sofa-beds must be chuffed with the added business.

    All of the above has been, and is, the reality for many people in Ireland – and I’m not just referring to students.

  6. Spaghetti Hoop

    The teaching profession would be an ideal one to introduce salary-weighting for Dublin. For those actually living in the city and not scooting off to their rural pad every evening. If the civil service took the initiative on this, the private sector would follow.

    1. Col

      This is a reasonable short-term proposal.
      But the real issue here is under supply, and only increasing building will solve that. That is more of a long term solution, but needs to be the primary focus of these conversations.

    2. Hansel

      I strongly disagree with the subsidy idea. Dublin’s where it’s most difficult to get/afford accommodation. But questions need to be asked why that is: why do we only have one fully functioning city in this country? It’s because we’re copying the UK’s highly centralised “London, Manchester, or a lifetime of poverty” approach which naturally concluded in Brexit and other problems.

      Making people more able to live in Dublin through subvention/subsidy is a sticking plaster over a gaping wound: what’s needed are more homes and better transport.

      1. Cian

        You are correct – we need more investment in the other main cities and build them (at the expense of Dublin).

        The government tried to push the civil service across the country 20 years ago with decentralisation. it was a massive failure (mostly because the towns chosen for the new CC offices were based on electoral gains rather than any sensible planning). Personally I think we need to keep all the civil service together. The Department head offices need to be near the Dáil. The mid-levels need to be near the heads, and the juniors need to be near the mid. Perhaps we should look at US/Australia/EU and move our Parliament + Civil Service out of Dublin and a into the Midlands [the geographic centre of Ireland] – possibly create a whole new city (DC/Canberra /Brussels).

        This would take the pressure off Dublin. This would move some of the focus to the town, and being in the midlands – would mean that all parts of Ireland are equidistant.

  7. Bort

    I thought there was more teachers than jobs and teachers couldn’t find jobs? What changed?

    Where teachers live is a good benchmark though. When I went to primary school in Rathfarnham in the 80’s, early 90’s 99% of the teachers lived in walking distance of the school. They all had a few kids themselves and a car on the road. Plenty of time to do sport or music after hours, no nixers or grinds to be doing. Couldn’t imagine many primary school teachers buying in Rathfarnham now.

    Most of my secondary school teacher lived close enough too in the same area.

    1. Blonto

      Lots of newly qualified teachers are belting off to the UAE and Dubai for a few years – sunshine, low tax, decent salary etc.

  8. curmudgeon

    WHAT SCHOOL? WHAT PRINCIPAL? WHY IS THIS INFORMATION REDACTED? Broadshhet again acting as proxies for the public sector ripping us off

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