Co-Living Dangerously


From top: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone; People Before Profit’s Peter Dooley


RDS Count Centre.

People Before Profit Local Election candidate Peter Dooley talks to reporters after his supporters confronted Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy with chants of ‘you can stick your co-living up your arse’.


15 thoughts on “Co-Living Dangerously

  1. martco

    couldn’t have put it better myself
    that’s the language it deserves
    despicable idea

  2. Gabby

    I too disagree with co-living arrangements and don’t see this type of accommodation helping to solve the national homeless problem. The count centre is no place for demonstrations. The counting staff have a meticulous job to do and don’t need any distractions. The leading heckler in this case was a well-beaten candidate. He can go heckle all the voters who didn’t vote for him. They’ll give him an earful. In a week or two Vardaker can reshuffle his cabinet and drop Harris.

    1. Col

      “The counting staff have a meticulous job to do and don’t need any distractions.”

      Is that why they don’t allow cheers and jeers and winning candidates being hoisted on shoulders?

  3. b

    clear evidence of the hard left in action – lose another election heavily and then form a rabble with a few people to protest and shout – nothing behind them in terms of policies or voters

  4. Emily Dickinson

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with co-living. It’s a perfectly reasonable option for younger, single people as an alternative to flat-shares, long-distance commutes and the likes. If I were 22 again and working 60-hour weeks in the city I’d love a place like that to crash.

    1. Col

      The price tag is wrong.
      You wouldn’t enjoy forking out €1,300 a month if you were 22 again, even if you were working 60 hours a week.

    2. Janet, I ate my avatar

      maybe if it was cheap and it gave you a chance to save but
      no one enjoys getting fleased

  5. Emily Dickinson

    I agree that it’s overpriced. Everything is.

    The political criticism seems to be more about the model, though. Co-living is being attacked as a return of tenements to Dublin, which seems silly to me.

    Co-living is more like student accommodation or assisted living for the elderly, it’s a small part of the overall mix that meets the housing needs of a section of the population. It’s a good option for some people.

    If folks are ranting at Eoghan Murphy to shove co-living up his botty, they’ve probably inhaled too much of their own propaganda.

    1. Col

      ” It’s a good option for some people.”
      It’s the ONLY option for some people. That’s why the costs are so high.
      I agree everything is overpriced, but rents have significantly outstripped general inflation.
      The solution is to greatly increase supply and enable more people to buy, not trap them in an overpriced rental system. What will these people do when they approach retirement if their rental costs are still such a high percentage of wages?

  6. kellMA

    The concept I could see working but the price point is ludicrous. You are bascially paying for a room so the rent should reflect that. If it was 400-500 euro a week I could understand but nearly 1.5K is just madness.

    1. Cian

      The planning example last week (in Dun Laoghaire) was reported as €1,300.
      I think that is overpriced, and should be less: €700-€900.

      It was more than just a room. It was a room, with ensuite, and there were shared kitchens. However, there was also a gym, games room, laundry room, living rooms, and a cinema. It was located in the heart of Dun Laoghaire.

  7. Ian-O

    I wonder what private board Eoghan will end up on due to his sterling work for a certain sector?

    Harney’s on some pharma or medical org boards and Brian Hayes is now the CEO of the Banking and Payments Federation.

  8. Spaghetti Hoop

    ‘Peter Dooley, who confronted the minister, said he wanted to ask the minister why the Ant-Eviction Bill was blocked’.

    Leave the poor harmless critters where they are.

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