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Eoghan Murphy in The Village August 25, 2019

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Educative interview in The Village with Eoghan Murphy, Minister
for Housing, Planning and Local Government (and a range of interesting pieces in the magazine, not least an analysis of Gemma O’Doherty). Jason O’Toole conducts it

Some basic aspects of interest:

When will we see an election?
I don’t know. I don’t think it will be until the middle of next year at the earliest. The Taoiseach’s been very clear that he doesn’t foresee the need for an election before the summer of 2020. I think Micheál Martin has almost agreed to that.

Some will wonder at this:

How do you respond to detractors who say you
are not the right man for this portfolio because you
come from a privileged background and are out of

Well, that’s just a load of nonsense. But it’s also disappointing in a way because it’s a real Trump tactic that we are seeing more and more of in Ire-
land – make nonsense allegations about an opponent to distract from your own policy short comings. Absolutely criticise the policy, no problem. Let’s debate it. But the fact is the opposition have supported 99% of what we are doing, as have NGOs and others. We can’t do much without their approval because we are a minority government. If they want to change things they can: they are the majority, they have more votes. But they haven’t come up with significant or alternative policies – some tweaks to what we are doing, sure, which get taken on board because that’s our approach as a government. It has to be.


Sinn Féin now wants to ban co-living…
The debate around housing issues can get hijacked from time to time. It’s such an important issue and yet, occasionally, the opposition try to distract people from what’s really going on. Co-Living is a good example of that. We will build 20,000 new homes and apartments this year – none of them co living. Co-living
will work for a very, very small cohort of people, none of them vulnerable, freeing up much needed accommodation elsewhere. And yet the Dáil will come back in X weeks time and already Sinn Féin are laying the ground work to pull a stunt on it and try and ban it.

Can you see why people might think Fine Gael is practically on the side of developers who fund it and homeowners who vote for it (and are thriving economically on the high prices and high rents) and so practically and
ideologically against the outsiders who have no housing but would be unlikely ever to vote for Fine Gael?

I don’t see that. I have said countless time since I first came into the job, in fact, that ideology was not going to stand in the way in terms of us delivering the solutions that people need. I’ve also said on a number of occasions that the market is not going to solve this crisis, it never has – only the government can. And that’s why we have set forward – and we’ve taken back responsibility for social housing, which other parties outsourced almost exclusively to the private sector – so that one in four of every house built last year was for social housing. We’ve also got the new land development agency, which is going to have a very important impact in terms of land pricing and land availability.

There’s a lot more. Well worth a look to get an sense of the gap between rhetoric and reality.


1. EWI - August 25, 2019

So, the interview is essentially a page or two of passive-aggressive behaviour, deflection and see-no-evil pretence?


Jason O'Toole - August 25, 2019

It’s actually a 5,000 word Q & A across six pages.


2. GearóidGaillimh - August 25, 2019

The cover of the latest Village is a bit odd, no? Suggesting that the fellow giving the salute at the protest outside Google HQ was ‘planted’ by ‘an opponent’. I haven’t read the analyses on G’OD so won’t pass judgment on that.

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3. Starkadder - August 25, 2019

Wait. Village Magazine is still around?


WorldbyStorm - August 26, 2019

I think it’s a while since the last edition.


4. CL - August 26, 2019

“By their fruits you will know them.”-Matthew 7:16

“Average Dublin rents now range from €1,702 in north Co Dublin and €2,064 in the city centre to €2,206 in south Co Dublin….
Not only are Dublin rents very high in absolute terms, but they are also very high when compared with most other major European cities….
Soaring rents are good news for anyone, individuals or institutions, who has invested in a rental property – and the banks who lent them the money.”


5. Eirehead - August 26, 2019
6. Eirehead - August 26, 2019

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