Tony Fahey on the causes of the housing crisis

“For 50 years we were trying to minimise the role of the private landlord in the Irish housing system and now we’re saying - ‘it’s all coming back, and we think it’s a good thing’”.

Dr. Tony Fahey is a social scientist, a former researcher and author with the ESRI, the Economic Social Research Institute and a emeritus professor at UCD in social policy. Helen Shaw sat down with him to explore why housing policy has failed in Ireland to meet the needs and demands of the country and what are the factors at play behind the housing crisis. For Tony Fahey finance is at the heart of the problem and he traces it to the fiscal crisis in the 1980s.

John Howard