Comedian Oliver Callan and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy
For decades, Dublin has been hailed as a low-rise capital that protects its historical skyline – until [Housing Minister Eoghan] Murphy said high-rise was needed to solve the housing shortage and would encourage more apartment developments.
So far, the only tower approved for planning under his new laws is Johnny Ronan’s 22-story office block and hotel.
It will be the tallest building in Ireland but won’t provide a single home for anyone.
…In 2017, over four million square feet of office space was built in the capital, enough for 25,000 extra workers.
But during the same period, just over 3,500 new housing units were built to house them. Basic math reveals the problem.
…Government policy on social housing is abysmal — last year in Dublin there were just 74 social housing units built, 69 of which were “modular” homes, basically prefabs. That leaves just five proper houses built in 12 months.