20th September 2021
The pandemic highlighted the real impact of Ireland’s housing crisis, and the benefit of implementing progressive housing policies. The Government has published its long awaited housing strategy—Housing for All– with a budget of €20 billion over the next five years. Whilst there is much to welcome in the strategy, there are fundamental flaws concerning the scale of the challenges to be addressed. The social and private house building targets are insufficient; taking a decade to end homelessness is unacceptable; and the continuation of rental and retail housing subsidies fall short of what is needed.