|In the social sphere, the Housing Act of 1932 provided assistance for house-building, and 132,000 houses were built in the next decade (Páraic Travers, Éamon de Valera, p. 29)|
|The housing drive resulted in the construction or renovation of 132,000 houses between 1932 and 1942, the highest level in many decades. (JJ Lee & Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, The age of de Valera, p. 138)|
How many were entirely state funded, and state built? Or were even the state-financed ones actually built by the private sector? Were loads of builders and tradespeople at the time direct employees of the state?