What’s a house for?
There needs to be a public debate about how the crisis should be resolved. It requires a clear decision about what role we want to give housing in the Irish economy. Should policy allow an unregulated private property market where housing is primarily a private commodity and an investment for speculation and accumulation of private wealth? Or should the State intervene and ensure, through regulation and direct funding, that housing is provided as a social service, a need and a right such as health and education?
This question needs to be front and centre of any discussion on housing policy.