The Irish Houses Association (IHA) has described the housing crisis as the “worst thing that’s ever happened to Ireland” in a report.
The report, which came out in the wake of a number of fires, said there are already “serious concerns” about the way housing is being managed in Dublin and it wants to see more transparency.IHA director general, John O’Shea said that there is a lot of “tiredness” and “frustration” among the gardaí and local authorities.
“It’s a matter of a lot more people being forced to leave their homes.
People who are able to leave are leaving for work or they’re looking for a new job,” he said.
The IHA said that as the population of people living in homes is rising, the number of garda stations in Ireland has also risen, but there are still more than 20,000 of them.
The Irish Times spoke to house agents, who said that they are tired of the “same old crap”.
“People are afraid of the police, and it’s really difficult for them to get through a check-point if they’re not certain they’re innocent,” said one.
“If you’re going to be arrested and put in a cell, you don’t want to see that happen,” added another.”The Gardaí are really, really tired of dealing with the same thing,” said a third.
“They’ve lost all confidence and they need to be given some sort of reassurance.”
In the wake the fires in Dublin, the IHA has called on the Government to ensure that the Garda Síochána is fully funded in line with the Government’s commitment of €500m over five years.
“We know there’s a problem, and we know that there’s money out there to deal with it,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“And we know there are a lot people who need to go.”
“But the Government has failed to provide it and they’ve failed to act on the money.”
The report also highlighted the need for a more holistic approach to housing management in the State, including ensuring that “people can’t live in their own homes or in one-room properties”.
“It is difficult to live in an apartment or a house with people,” said an agent who wished to remain anonymous.
“I’m really tired, I’m just tired.
There’s no peace.
There are a whole lot of people in this situation who are feeling like they can’t go on living.”