Ireland’s Dysfunctional Housing System
‘Homelessness is worse now than at any time in recent memory’ says Peter McVerry SJ in our latest issue of Working Notes. In his article he draws attention to some of the serious problems being faced by tens of thousands of households in Ireland today in terms of housing access, affordability and security.
McVerry describes the Irish housing system today as ‘dysfunctional’, with all three sectors – the private housing market, the social housing sector and the private rented sector – in crisis at the same time. The most visible and extreme consequence of that dysfunctionality is the significant increase in homelessness.