New research shows how to fix a housing crisis in Ireland that has hit the country hard and caused hardship for the poorest people in the country.
The study, entitled The Housing Crisis in Ireland, is published by the National Institute of Health.
Its authors are Dr John MacKenzie and Dr Michael O’Higgins from the National Research Centre for Housing in Dublin, Dr Stephen Byrne from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Dr Brendan Fitzgerald from the University of Limerick, Dr Frances Ryan from the Central Ireland Community Housing Corporation and Dr Gino MacKee.
It has been published as the National Housing Supply and Demand Review Report, which looks at the supply and demand for housing.
Dr MacKenzie said it was a “huge wake-up call” for Irish society.
“The fact is, Ireland’s housing situation has deteriorated dramatically in recent years,” he said.
“It is not an issue that is going to go away.”
The report also shows that housing supply in Ireland is on a trajectory that will continue to deteriorate.
Dr Byrne said that the “realisation” that the country needed to create more homes and houses that were affordable and affordable for all was a big factor in the housing supply crisis.
“We have got to create affordable housing in Ireland,” he told The Irish Sun.
“That is not a simple task.
It requires us to do more to make sure that people in our communities can access and enjoy the opportunities that they are now getting.”
The authors of the report say Ireland has “been a great success story in building affordable housing” but the “challenge for the next generation of young people is that we are also a country that has a shortage of affordable housing”.
Dr Byrne added: “The country needs to have an increased supply of houses for young people in their early 20s and their families.”
The study says the “cost to Irish society” is “far higher” than in other developed countries.
It also highlights that the Irish Housing Board is understaffed, under-funded and under-resourced.
It adds: “We have also been unable to meet the demand of the population in terms of the demand for our housing.”
It also says that the Government has “failed to provide enough support to address the housing shortage, with limited resources available and an over-reliance on private finance initiatives”.
Dr O’Neil said the report showed the Government’s approach to the housing problem in Ireland was to “look the other way” and to “make excuses”.
“We’ve got to have a change in thinking in this country.
This is not about an accommodation issue.
This isn’t about a shortage,” he added.
The report finds that in Ireland the number of homes being sold for a price that would allow a family of four to live in them has doubled in just over a decade.
The number of households with an income of more than €50,000 has risen from 1.3 million in 2011 to 2.1 million in 2016.
The authors also found that the number renting homes for rent has risen by 80 per cent since 2000, while the number with a mortgage has increased by 80.4 per cent.
Dr O, Dr Byrne and Dr MacKnees concluded that the problem of housing affordability is a “national problem” and that the government must act to address it.
The Department of Housing, Urban Development and Local Government’s Housing Strategy has been launched and the Government is working to deliver new policy on housing.