Posts from "PJ Drudy"

PJ Drudy

P. J. Drudy,  is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. 

Prof. Drudy served as a member of Threshold's Board of Directors from 2005-2009

PJ. has published numerous papers and books, including Ireland: Land Politics and PeopleIreland and the European CommunityThe Irish in AmericaIreland and Britian since 1922; and Out of Reach: Inequalities in the Irish Housing System .

Homes for All

Posted on April 07, 2019 by PJ Drudy


Purchasing or renting a home on the market is an impossible dream for many. It would be foolish to rely on the private sector to reduce the current inflated house prices or rents. The government, Local Authorities,  Housing Associations and Co-operastives must play a much more active role in increasing supply.  In order to avoid the problems of the past, Governments must also carefully evaluate any existing or planned incentives. Tax holidays for multinational or Irish landlords cannot be …

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At the Mercy of the Markets

Posted on March 31, 2019 by PJ Drudy


If we are serious about providing homes for all our people, we need to first ask ourselves - and answer – one key question. What is the main purpose of housing?  Is housing yet another market commodity subject to the “market” forces of supply and demand to be traded like other commodities such as cars, racehorses or stocks and shares? This view sees housing primarily as a means of speculation, profit-making and procuring capital gain and wealth by property developers, investors, …

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