When it comes to Government there are two kinds of political parties.
There are those who accept the status quo. Their policy agenda may involve some proposals for change. But these can be accommodated within the existing order of things.
Then there are those committed to something more profound. Their agenda can not be satisfied within the status quo. They want to replace the existing order of things with something radically different.
Housing dominated the political agenda in 2016 like never before. Decades of underinvestment and bad policy across all tenures created a dysfunctional housing system.
The recession didn’t just make things worse, it lit the fuse that has resulted in an explosion of housing need.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in a spin over the Governments controversial first time buyers scheme. With an allocation of just €50m in Budget 2017 this may seem a little surprising. Less so when you consider the weight of opinion opposing the measure.
Posted: October 16, 2016 in Budget 2017, Coveney, Housing
Twice this week Minister for Housing Simon Coveney lost his cool. The source of his irritation was an inability to understand why his anaemic housing budget was not being greeted with universal praise.
At his Budget day press conference the normally composed Cork TD was visibly irritated when journalists questioned the wisdom of his so called help to buy scheme.
Posted: October 11, 2016 in Budget 2017, Uncategorized
Tags: Budget 2017
There was something nasty about the way RTE framed last weeksbudget debate on Claire Byrne Live.
One parent families living on the bread line were pitted against pensioners struggling to heat their homes.
Are the less well off paying their fair share of tax? Are social welfare supports too generous?
Posted: September 18, 2016 in Politics, Water
On Saturday tens of thousands of people marched through Dublin under the Right2Water banner, demanding the abolition of water charges.
The Right2Water TDs, supported by the hundreds of thousands of people who have marched and boycotted the unjust charge, will table two private members motions on water in October.
Posted: July 25, 2016 in Housing, Uncategorized
Simon Coveney has delivered his Housing Action Plan early, 74 days after taking office. The 114 page report sets out the Governments plan for tackling the perfect storm that has engulfed our dysfunctional housing system.