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Leo Varadkar to tackle Ireland's housing crisis 'Covid-style'

  • 31-12-2022 5:32pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,419 ✭✭✭

    Any opinions on this?

    There was a housing crisis before the Ukraine war which looked bleak and without any solution

    Then the Ukraine war happens and Ireland takes on an extra 70,000 homeless/without house people. This is fine and justifiable if Ireland have a plan for this but they obviously and clearly don't

    Can anybody explain the politics going on here?

    Leo varadkar

    "I think when it comes to people who come from Ukraine, you know, 60,000-70,000 here already there are going to be more, I think a lot of them are going to stay, they’re gonna be here for the medium to long term.

    “And we will need to move to an approach next year that isn’t just about an emergency response, humanitarian responses, but is more about permanent housing solutions.

    “And that’s what we’re going to do in the next couple of months.



  • Registered Users Posts: 32,580 ✭✭✭✭Princess Consuela Bananahammock

    Sees "Leo Varadkar" in title, psots automated responce.

    If this post contains the phrase "we're done here" it means I've proven what I set out to prove and I don't want to keep going round in circles.

    It's not about "winning" it's about illustrating a point.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,318 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    The market generally dictates cost. You can reduce VAT on building materials,but it won't sell for any less than the house next door.

    Seems to be a housing crisis everywhere from Helsinki to Sydney at the moment. We're unlikely to get much needed construction workers like we did during the Celtic Tiger.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,318 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    Something like seventeen million souls have crossed the Ukrainian border,they have to go somewhere. Lots of countries are feeling the pinch.

    I agree though, nothing much any Government can do. Properties need the be physically built.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 42,750 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989

    the solution will be mobile home parks

    watch this space

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,318 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    We have a legal obligation to deal with refugees when they turn up.

    We also had an increasing population even before Ukraine. Truth is like a lot of the developed world we need young immigrants to support our ageing population.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,479 ✭✭✭newmember2

    He mentions the word that is critical to what is to come - "emergency".

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,218 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    He'll be sorry he drew that comparison with Covid. People will expect a response as swift and financially profligate as Covid.

    But thats not possible, because we are talking about the delivery of a product, each worth an average of 200k input cost and needing thousands of moving parts to deliver.

    Perhaps if he was just honest with people and lifted some of the impediments to both public and private home building alike, it'd be understood by most people as a good start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 728 ✭✭✭20Wheel

    Hot air.

    The housing market is being used as a monopoly board. And thats not going to change.

    Putin is a dictator. Putin should face justice at the Hague. All good Russians should work to depose Putin. Russias war in Ukraine is illegal and morally wrong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,194 ✭✭✭✭Hello 2D Person Below

    You do realise that the overwhelming majority of refugees anywhere in the world end up in bordering countries?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,318 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    Here's a country by country breakdown. Bit conspiratorial to just pick one country and say we're being had. Nearly three million gone to Russia oddly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,366 ✭✭✭Star Bingo

    Does anyone buy into our leaders spin? Goes like this:

    I’m , spinning around, get out of my way ,

    I know you’re feeling me cos I like you like it like this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,951 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    You can go with conspiratorial , I’ll go with factual…. Croatia hasn’t taken its share like Hungary, or Serbia….to name three… more too, all quite nearer to Ukraine.

    which is all adding to our challenges and inability to house taxpayers and citizens.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,117 ✭✭✭✭_Kaiser_

    That's because there is a significant number who actually support Putin and want to rejoin/fall back under Russia's influence