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The housing crisis is robbing us of ‘the village’


by Roe McDermott
10th May 2023

We are constantly talking about the cost of housing, but Ireland is also facing other crises, and they are all interconnected. The crises of loneliness, mental health issues, a lack of affordable childcare, and an epidemic of elderly people who live alone -- are all being exacerbated by the housing crisis. What is the social cost of a country where people must choose between having basic physical shelter, and the social, emotional and mental support of the people we love? Roe McDermott investigates.

The housing crisis continues in Ireland, with eviction bans being lifted, landlords continuing to pack in renters to properties like sardines, and many properties across the country being left vacant, unused and in disarray with no penalties for corporate landlords. Meanwhile, the cost of living crisis and instability of the gig economy continue to leave many people in their 20s, 30s and 40s in a state of constant financial insecurity. As the housing crisis continues,...

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