Category: Housing


No ordinary housing crisis

Rory Hearne 20/06/2018

As I outlined in the first part of this article (see link here), the housing and homelessness crisis is no ordinary crisis. This is not a temporary blip. The Irish housing system is in a state of ‘structural ‘shock’. Home-ownership rates have collapsed to levels not seen since the 1970s. One in five households now live in the private rental …



No ordinary housing crisis

Rory Hearne 14/06/2018

This is no ordinary crisis. The Irish housing system is in a state of ‘structural ‘shock’. Home-ownership rates have collapsed to levels not …

Housing precarity and the private rental sector

Michael Byrne 06/03/2018

Much of the response to rapid growth of the private rental sector has focused on the issue of high rent levels. This is hardly surprising given that …

Property, fundamentals, and affordability (part 2)

Robert Sweeney 15/12/2017

Part 1 of this blog examined whether and to what extent the trajectory of Irish property prices was driven by changes in underlying fundamentals. We …

Property, fundamentals, and affordability (part 1)

Robert Sweeney 11/12/2017

The season of goodwill to all is quickly approaching. Last year, that goodwill manifested itself in an outpouring of solidarity for the homeless in …

Apollo House Homeless Occupation

Paul Sweeney 22/12/2016

Last week the Irish state borrowed a load of money. The interest rate we will pay was minus 0.42% Yes, the lenders competed with each other to PAY …

A spiral out of control

Rory Hearne 11/11/2016

The Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, indicated yesterday that he is not going to introduce rent regulation/certainty as it might deter the …

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Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  He is a …

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Dr Sinéad Pembroke is a researcher at TASC on the Social Implications of Precarious …