Last week I met The Collective. This was not, as the name might suggest, a 1980s electro-pop cover band nor a midwestern evangelical Trump-voting cult. It is a group of young hipsters looking to bring the co-living vision of their entrepreneur-messiah Reza Merchant to the streets of our capital. Continue reading


Politics: Home: Why Public Housing is the Answer, By Eoin Ó Broin, Merrion Press, €14.95

Eoin Ó Broin has often been tipped as a future leader of Sinn Féin. Even people who usually despise his party would concede that the Dublin Mid West TD is highly principled, impeccably briefed and formidable in debate. “You only have to listen to Eoin for ten seconds,” the republican writer and broadcaster Jude Collins recently said, “to see that the brains are only bursting out of him.” So when such a serious politician writes a 254-page book about the country’s most pressing social problem, it must be treated with full respect. Continue reading

Fine Gael has been in Government for eight years. During that time access to secure and affordable accommodation has become increasingly out of reach for tens of thousands of people. House prices and rents have soared. Construction of new homes by councils and the private sector has been glacial in pace. Thousands of properties are being lost from the rental market. Tens of thousands of perfectly good homes lie vacant. Homelessness has reached unprecedented levels. Continue reading

After much delay the Government has finally introduced regulations for the short term letting sector. Last week the Oireachtas Housing Committee unanimously passed Eoghan Murphy’s amendments to the Planning and Development Act 2000, which are set to become law before the summer. Continue reading

Eoghan Murphy has quietly revised downwards one of his key housing targets. There was no press conference, no media release, not even a tweet. Instead, just a subtle but significant change in language, the result of which has been to create a hole at the very heart of his housing plan. Continue reading

Twenty years ago a group of academics from University College Dublin published Social Housing in Ireland, A Study of Success, Failure and Lessons Learned. Led by Professor of Social Policy Tony Fahey the book remains the benchmark study into social housing in this state. Continue reading

In 2004 the National Economic and Social Council published ‘Housing in Ireland’. This landmark study was the most detailed analysis of the State’s housing system ever produced. The 200-page report was backed up by scores of more detailed background briefing papers. Continue reading