Originally Posted by Cordell
Obviously immigration contributes to population growth which creates housing demand. But I fail to see which policy can be used to address it other than identifying a convenient "cause" to be blamed and then doing nothing to solve the issue. The housing issue, that is.
Placing immigrants on a different housing list may sound like a good idea as long as they keep the separate immigrant list at the revenue. Oh, wait, there is none, same tax should means same benefits, right?
Demand in Dublin is driven by economical factors, that is the real cause, growth and high employment. This can only be fixed by addressing supply, not reducing demand. Or it will fix itself at the next recession, so be careful what you wish for
Its true, theres little point in identifying a problem only to have nothing done about it.
But my wider point is that the problem isn't recognised in the first place. You cant fix a problem if you don't "know" it exists.
There are a load of policies and plans that could be put in place to fix the housing crisis. My opinion is that none of it will work unless you address the root cause.
The root cause is too many people. More specifically, there are too many people readily available to confound any attempted solution. If we built an entire new city, it would be filled up within 2 years, and I would confidently wager that the majority would not be irish people. A hypothetical scenario, of course.
As mentioned in that primetime episode (linked in the first post), someone mentions the potential fallout if (its when!) the country gets into a downturn and competition for everything increases exponentially for whats left in the country. That's when the whole issue of "rightful entitlement" will come to a fore.
That will be interesting!
Also, I don't agree in the slightest that immigrants (no matter from where) should be put on housing lists at all. Theres already a hotbed of contention about social housing for irish people, for non-irish people its just absolute madness.