Build more social houses, ideally upwards in urban areas.
Tax unused properties in urban areas…and introduce compulsory purchase orders for those who refuse to comply.
Abolish upward only rent reviews.
Manage inward migration so that its tailored to the needs and capacity of the economy and market for shelter.
Lower rates on businesses and seek to stamp out cartel type price gouging across industries with a view to cutting basic costs.
Legislate to row back on the level of insurance costs and potential liability claims that push the cost of doing business through the roof. Potentially establish a state run body charged with powers to award costs up to a certain agreed levels in specific claim hearings Ie limit the involvement of the courts and legal profession in such matters as much as possible. Currently, between rates, upward rents and insurance costs, only the wealthy can afford to do business in Ireland.
Off the top of my head…there’s gotta be shitloads more simple measures that could be introduced to make life better for the majority , as opposed to simply defending the interests of the cartels that run Ireland
Another, amend the licensing laws so that not just the wealthy can afford to run pubs or similar, thereby giving people the opportunity to create their own spaces as they do in most other countries …obviously any benefits to this would be tied into there existing a functioning property market in the first instance
Ensure that new builds meet certain guidelines with regard to size i.e. no new shitboxes where we have to sleep on the floor if we ever have visitors stay over
What else? There’s way more simple things that could be done if anybody 1) actually cared and 2) made an effort