The housing situation in Dublin has interesting spillover effects. You are seeing this with the generation that did the leaving cert in small town Ireland and left to go to college in 2008, 10 years back.
Many did their courses and got jobs as professionals in Dublin. Now the wheel is turning full circle.
In a town out in in East Galway where it was difficult to recruit a few years ago a large number are jacking in their FULL time jobs in Dublin and moving back home. They have given up.
- The pharmacies have no problems getting locums or pharmacists, they are fleeing Dublin hospitals that only pay €30k a year to 5 year qualified professionals. They are better off locuming and staying with the mammy at home…and after Mammy obligingly puts them on the insurance as named drivers of course.
- The local schools are seeing full time Dublin teachers applying in droves, often for fractional posts sometimes as little as 12 hours instead of the 22 hours they have full time in Dublin. They cannot afford to live there with full time jobs and have no notion of ever affording their own houses and are quite happy to take fewer hours outside Dublin because, again, they can afford it as they are back home.
This loss of talent is unsustainable in Dublin, it simply cannot continue. The entire social fabric is heading for collapse within 3-4 years unless accommodation comes onstream and the likes of Guards, Nurses, Teachers and Health Professionals can afford to live in Dublin (renting not buying of course).
In short, this is an emergency way beyond homelessness now. Google and Amazon gigs won’t keep the schools open.