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Friday, 21 April 2017
Frank McDonald: Housing dysfunction is laid bare by CSO
The staggering scale of Ireland’s housing crisis has been laid bare by theCentral Statistics Office, with figures from the 2016 census showing that the total stock grew by a tiny fraction – only 0.4 per cent – over the previous five years, despite a huge increase in demand for accommodation. In what the CSO described as a “clear picture” of some of the main developments in housing since 2011, only 8,800 units were added to the stock in that period, in sharp contrast to the growth of 225,232 dwellings recorded between 2006 and 2011, towards the end of the property bubble era.