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.

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The Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee has called on Government to increase the stock of social housing by 50,000 units over the next five years. This would require a trebling of the numbers of units to be provided under current government plans.

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After 70 hours of meetings over seven weeks, involving 41 hearings and 90 written submission the Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee has published its report on time.

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The new Minister for Housing has an opportunity to end the homeless crisis and start to fix our broken housing system. This will only be achieved if he abandons the failed policy consensus that has dominated government thinking for the last three decades.

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Emily is nine years old. She will soon have spent a full year of her young life living in a hotel. She is one of almost 2000 children across the state who will sleep in emergency accommodation tonight.

It will cost €36,000 to keep Emily and her mother in that hotel for 12 months. €100 for every night they spend cooped up in a small room, living out of suitcases.

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Love him or loath him you have to admit that Vincent Browne has done the state some service. He is one of the few presenters who can unnerve even the most seasoned media performer.

Like a cranky, scruffy old dog with a well chewed bone he just won’t let go – even when the rest of the pack has drifted off in search of more meaty morsels.

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What a difference a year makes. Early 2015 was a moment of enormous optimism for the Left in the eurozone periphery.

Syriza had swept to power in Greece on 36% of the popular vote. Sinn Féin and Podemos were riding high in the Irish and Spanish polls and looking like potential leaders of left led governments.

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