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Co-living, the 'reductio ad absurdum' of housing

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Frank McDonald

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Nearly three decades ago, I was writing in the Irish Times about the “shoebox flats” then being churned out by Zoe Developments in places like Arran Quay, Bridge Street and Bachelors Walk. Usually no more than 35 square metres in floor area with mechanically-ventilated kitchens and bathrooms, and laid out on either side of long artificially-lit corridors, I warned that what we were witnessing was the construction of “tenements for the 21st century”. Everything seemed to be moving in the …

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Far away fields are no greener

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Karina Timothy

Karina Timothy

You’d be forgiven sometimes for thinking the housing crisis exists only within the confines of the M50. Yet the issue is alive and kicking here in the West. I’ve been working in Threshold for 12 years. In that time, we have moved from a dark, pokey office to a bright, modern, clean office just off Eyre Square. The office is a pleasant place for our clients and staff alike. Every bus in Galway stops just outside our door which helps our footfall. Our client base has expanded, and the issues …

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