In Ireland of 2014 the long term fall-out from previous government policies is becoming apparent.
Successive regimes have demonstrated an endemic lack of vision. Their policies were shaped by short-term expedience. They plucked the low-hanging fruit, made hay while the sun shone and took the quick wins, safe in the knowledge that they’d be long retired on comfortable pensions before the chickens came home to roost.
And now the chicken apocalypse is upon us!
Social housing is probably one of the major issues that has come back to bite us in the ass.
For decades, local authorities provided high quality social housing in our cities and charged its occupants affordable rents.
During the 1970s and 80s government policy was to actively promote home ownership, leading to the sale of huge volumes of local authority housing to tenants. This policy was foolish and misguided. The local authorities lost valuable assets, the…
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