Despair gives no home to men, Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has once again expressed frustration with the slow pace of the design and construction process and the failure of the system to respond quickly to innovation.

But those who are waiting for a home expect and deserve more than trouble from those in power. A golden rule in management is: If goals are missed, don’t adjust the goals, but change your actions.

You do what you can with what you have where you are. Nothing expresses priorities better than action.

However, the record is devastating. If the government knows what to do, why hasn’t it done it? If it still doesn’t know that now, it’s even more worrying.

We’ve had too many expensive multimedia launches of plans, but much-needed homes are yet to come.

The only thing that matters is the end result.

The incessant talk and promises begin to grate when targets are missed and the government is seen as non-delivering.

Mr Martin acknowledged that the system was too slow given the nature of the current crises. He also accepted that the student housing system could be improved.

President Michael D. Higgins was accused over the summer of speaking inappropriately over some overt comments about housing. During a speech he called the topic “our big, big failure”.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar acknowledged that while the government was not responsible for the financial crash or housing bubble and is working to create new housing, the problem is a “social disaster”.

What Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar have to acknowledge is that neither of them are charged as commentators but as key players in dealing with the “disaster” and not in words but in deeds. It’s not that the government isn’t doing anything, but it’s obviously not doing enough.

The flagship Housing for All strategy promised a new construction rate of 33,000 homes per year by 2030. It’s difficult to get exact totals, but most agree it will make between 25,000 and 28,000 this year. Given the demand, that means it’s failing.

The Threshold organization published a report a few months ago showing that home ownership is a distant dream for renters.

In a survey, two-thirds of customers said affordability kept them out of the market. While 62% wanted to buy a home within the next five years, only 28% saw it as feasible.

Someone once said that every time history repeats itself, the price goes up. This is definitely the case with houses.

This is a problem affecting the lives of almost all age groups in the country. Students are the latest cohort to take to the streets over housing shortages and the impossibility of commuting as rents in the city far exceed.

The government is responsible. Better than getting frustrated would be to focus on fixing what it can. Despair gives no home to men, Taoiseach

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