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Dail hears Ireland’s housing crisis is now a widespread social crisis




The housing crisis is turning into a social crisis for the education, health and business sectors, the Dail has heard.

Various reports have highlighted that rents and house prices in Ireland are soaring due to a severe supply squeeze, with homelessness hitting all-time highs for four consecutive months.

A survey by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) found that two-thirds of nursing graduates are considering emigrating.

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, spoke to Tanaiste Leo Varadkar during Leaders’ Questions and read about the experiences of nurses who have struggled to rent or buy a house.

““Many of them have written to Sinn Fein in recent weeks to tell their heartbreaking experience of struggling to get by, and Tanaiste, when you read through what they told us, you can see very clearly that they’re exhausted, they’re anxious, they’re overwhelmed with stress,” reports The Mirror.

Mr Doherty read some testimonies and told the Dail the story of a 21-year-old student nurse in her final year who she said was homeless in Limerick for her first year last year.

He told TDs another story about a 33-year-old County Louth nurse who said she and her husband live in her parents’ garage and will be emigrating next year because they can’t afford a house.

He said the party has received dozens of “heartbreaking” letters from people qualified or trained to care for patients in Ireland, but who see no future here due to the housing crisis.

Varadkar acknowledged that the country was hit by a “very deep” social crisis.

“Everyone in government accepts that we have a deep crisis when it comes to housing. We acknowledge that that has led to a very deep social crisis that’s affecting our country, and indeed, a very deep personal crisis for a lot of people as well,” reports The Mirror.

Varadkar admitted that the 28,000 homes under construction this year and 16,000 new buyers, while high over the past 10-15 years, “are not enough.”

“It’s nowhere near enough and we need to do much better to turn the corner on housing in the months and years ahead. The real problem is the new tenancies, new properties coming into the market,” he said, which isn’t affected by a rent freeze,” reports The Mirror.

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