‘Housing crisis’ has become part of Irish vocabulary in the last couple of years. But what are people talking about when they use the phrase?
Are they talking about rising rents? The increase in homelessness? The growing number of house repossessions? The lack of construction?
Unfortunately, Ireland’s housing crisis does not involve a single issue, but represents a confluence of problems that have been growing under the surface for many years, and each issue exacerbates the others.
I will look at the issues individually, examining the background, the keys figures, the causes and the suggested solutions.