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Budget 2020 - Trick or Treat?

Posted on October 20, 2019 by Cathy Flanagan by Annmarie O'Reilly

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Several days have lapsed since Budget 2020 and within that time the number of children accessing emergency accommodation continues to grow. 1 in 3 of all our homeless are now vulnerable children, with no place to call home, no place to play, celebrate a birthday or even Halloween. Their prospect of an uncertain future will be no cherished memory but rather, a haunting nightmare with lasting consequences. As a national housing charity providing frontline services in terms of preventing …

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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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