Housing: The Case for a New Philosophy P. J. Drudy
A great deal has been said and written about housing over the last
fifteen years. A comprehensive review and critique of housing policy
was produced by the late John Blackwell for the National Economic
and Social Council in 1988 (NESC, 1988). Ten years later detailed
overviews of the housing problem and an evaluation of housing policy
were produced by Downey (1998) and O’Sullivan (1999). Three
Reports commissioned by the Government were produced by Peter
Bacon and Associates dealing almost exclusively with owner-occupied
housing (Bacon, 1998, 1999 and 2000). A useful study on social
housing and its management has been published (Fahey et al., 1999).
The four Dublin Local Authorities published a set of recommendations
relating to housing in the Dublin area.
An independent Housing Commission (Drudy et al. 1999) and the National Economic and
Social Forum (NESF, 2000) also published detailed assessments. A
government-commissioned Report appeared on the privately rented
sector (Commission on the Private Rented Residential Sector, 2000) as
did an important study by McCashin (McCashin, 2000).