It's quite bizarre to be honest - the level of NIMBY-ism in Ireland is truly mindblowing.
I was walking thru SIC on Sat night - 1000s of well built "corpo" flats occupied by all sorts and had to wonder is that tha best use of a valuable asset.
I read in the FT last week that since 2007 Ireland has the highest spec building requirements for any country in the OECD. Apartments have to have at least two aspects etc ... it's made building apartments a very difficult financial prospect for developers.
Meanwhile SF and the greens have reduced the speed limit in town to 20 mph. It's like they're trying to kill the place.
Local councillors from any party in Ireland are mostly inbred peasants obsessed with de laaaaaand. Pretty much everyone in Ireland is only a few generations at most out of the fields. It's bone-deep and could take centuries to work it's way out of our cultural DNA. It's one reason why I eventually just gave up and walked away. Not a sinner learned a single damn thing from the whole sorry saga of Honest Bert's Property Carnival, and now they're all eagerly queuing up for one more go.
(Hilti) nail on the head....
Last edited by Franzoni; 3rd April 2017 at 08:51 AM.
If you want to increase supply and bring down housing prices then the government needs to build the houses themselves - a national emergency building programme through a state owned building service.
We need more that just houses. We need apartments too. Dublin is just a sprawl of mile after mile of semi detached houses, as if every household in the city is two parents and 3 school going children. Ultra low density that gives us longer commute times than cities 10 times our size.
Dermot Bannon (no radical) says that Dublin desperately needs different types of housing for different types of people at different points in their lives.
You started off well but that is little more than the usual middle class moan ...
You left out gangs hanging over the end of balconies with the obligatory can of Dutch Gold in fist and the big spliff hanging from the corner of the gob....
No - the point I made badly is that there are 1000s of family apartments which aren't managed proactively - many have "empty nester" couples living in 3 bedroom apartments. Social housing seems to be for life as opposed to being based on need. I believe there to be a better use of these apartments.
It's funny how Simon Coveney, with the brightest and best of the Irish civil and public service at his disposal, failed to see that supply is indeed the answer and do something more concrete (no pun intended) to provide supply - something like you've suggested.
Yet again it's heads I win, tails you lose for the developers, landlords and land owners. Do a bit of work, make some money, hold off and the value of the land increases as the demand gets to pressure cooker levels.
If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed... Young fool.... Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side.... You have paid the price for your lack of vision...
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