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Thousands are homeless, tens of thousands are languishing on social
housing waiting lists, even more are unable to afford to rent or buy.
Why is our housing system so dysfunctional? Why can it not meet
social and affordable housing needs?
Home: Why Public Housing is the Answer examines the structural
causes of our housing emergency, provides a detailed critique of
government housing policy from the 1980s to the present and outlines
a comprehensive, practical and radical alternative that would meet
the housing needs of the many, not just the few.
For three decades Government policy has been marked by an
undersupply of social housing and an over-reliance on the private
market to meet housing needs. Housing has become a commodity,
not a public good. The result is a dysfunctional housing system that is
leaving more and more people unable to access appropriate, secure
and affordable homes.
The answer, as argued in this transformative new book, lies in
establishing a Constitutional right to housing, large scale investment in
a new model of public housing to meet social and affordable housing
need, real reform of the private rental sector and regulation of private
finance, development and land.


Eoin Ó Broin is a TD for Dublin Mid-West and Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on
Housing, Planning and Local Government. He is author of Matxinada, Basque Nationalism and
Radical Basque Youth Movements (LRB 2003) and Sinn Féin and the Political of Left Republicanism
(Pluto 2009). He is a regular contributor to the Sunday Business Post and An Phoblacht.