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Rebuilding Ireland, the Governments flagship housing programme was launched to much fanfare two years ago this week. Running to 115 pages the plan boasted five pillars and almost 100 action points.

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The Dáil term looks set to close with whimper not a bang. The phoney war of words between Leo and Micheál may excite some in the newsrooms but the public remain nonplussed. There will be no summer election.

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The housing crisis is getting worse. Under the current Government homelessness has exploded to levels unseen before.

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The monthly homeless report from the Department of Housing is an important document. It tells us how many adults and children are living in temporary accommodation funded by the Department. It has become a measure of whether the Governments housing policy is working.

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The e-mail landed at the news desk at 7.37pm on Wednesday. The three Government reports ran to a combined 120 pages. Not enough time to scrutinise the detail. Not enough time to send them on to experts or opposition politicians for comment.
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In January the Department of Housing quietly announced a new social housing initiative. At first glance the Enhanced Leasing Scheme looks like the latest in a long list of largely unsuccessful attempts to attract private finance into the provision of social housing.

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“Council sells contentious Clondalkin house at a loss of 239k”, screamed the local newspaper headline last month. The reason behind the sale of the four bed, 1,600 sq ft property at such a loss is to be found in Ireland’s great unspoken prejudice, class.

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