"It is one of the great failures of Government policy that people like teachers, gardaí, nurses, doctors, firemen and on and on cannot afford to buy a house or apartment and live in Ireland, most especially in Dublin."
It might be true that some teachers and nurses can't buy a house in Dublin right now -- but exactly the same thing holds true for most private-sector workers.
But it's utter nonsense to suggest that "teachers, gardai, nurses, doctors ... cannot afford ... to live in Ireland
Last time I checked, Ireland extended outside of Dublin, and includes many areas that don't have eye-watering rents and house prices. Recent figures
published by the Irish Times
show that you can rent a 5-bedroom house in Kerry for €869 a month and a 5-bedroom house in Mayo for €793 a month.
A newly hired primary teacher starts off on €36k a year, which is significantly higher than the average Irish starting graduate salary of €28k a year. If you have a teacher/guard couple in their early 30s settling down and getting married in rural Ireland, they could be on around €100k gross between them easily, and will have no trouble living comfortably.
In many cases, I suspect that "We can't afford to live" really means "We aren't being kept in the style to which we have become accustomed." It's a blatant grab for even higher public-sector wages.