Ireland finds herself living in interesting times once again, when it comes to the dynamics of our property market and the housing crisis.
Is it really surprising that only a few houses were built and that sites previously positioned for development as offices and hotels lay dormant. Even despite early warnings from bodies such as the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), individual developers such as Michael O’Flynn and the economist Ronan Lyons that we would soon be facing a shortage of housing and commercial office space, our politicians buried their heads in the sand up to the point where it was already too late.
The Housing Minister Simon Coveney’s success or failure rests with challenging this formidable task. It may well be make or break for his chances of succeeding Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader. However, the question of who will deliver the 25,000 new homes a year is one worth asking, when we have this housing crisis.
NAMA, has piped in and pledged repeatedly to build 20,000 homes by 2020. Even so, if that target is to be met, this figure would only represent a small fraction of what will be required. Who is looking to put their name in and build these houses, where are all of the developers gone? They aren’t in prison, so what role can or should they play, if any, in rebuilding Ireland?
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