The David McWilliams thread


I lived in the flats in Oliver Bond for 2 years and I never had a days trouble in it. It’s a vibrant area with loads of young people. They’re working class, though and it’s a working class culture and vibe that predominates.
Ptg is right though regeneration is just a nicer way of saying gentrification. Not the same but similar, I lived in O’Devany flats as a child. My mother had moved there from the tenemants with her family in the 50’s. O’Devany had the same tenemant culture. In the 80’s the corporation offered grants for people to buy houses. We were a family of 5 in a one bed flat at that time so we took it up as did loads of people from town. O’Devany went downhill from there, the empty flats were used by the corpo as emergency housing and for troubled cases. The area became infamous after that and the areas that us ex-townies moved to also became infamous as families were seperated from their support networks in town.

TL;DR uprooting lower socio-economic groups en-masse leads to trouble that takes a generation maybe two to work out.


I’m sorry if I insulted people born and raised in the area. I’m very familiar with the northside city centre it would be hard to make it worse in many respects. Grangegorman and Luas development should do a lot for Broadstone down to Capel street and hopefully Parnell street and Dominic street. Hopefully the new apartments there will be a big improvement.
We won’t even get into the state of Dorset Street, Gardiner Street, Talbot street and Abbey street or even MENTION Sheriff street.


David McWilliams: Our housing problem is an apartment problem

#2165 … 46152.html


He has an immensely silly article (which I won’t even link to) blaming all of Italy’s problems on the fact that it doesn’t use the lira anymore.


It was a very floppy piece. His argument gets torn apart with facts in the comments.

Does he have some other gig now that means he doesn’t bother with the media pieces now?


extraordinarily lazy and shoddy; repeating a lot of Brexity talking points

to think this is what is replacing Garret FitzGerald’s boring articles in the Irish Times


David McWilliams : This time the overheating is different (Jun 13, 2018)


David McWilliams: The rise of the singleton has transformed Ireland … -1.3591123


Article is on his site now. (Outside of IT paywall)

David McWilliams: The rise of the singleton has transformed Ireland … d-ireland/

Bit depressing read tbh.

…we’re heading the way of Sweden according to DMcW.


quoting Maccer “Who would have predicted that?” regarding 30 something singletons after a sexual revolution.

“they” knew couples wouldnt bond if people had more sexual partners earlier in life.

Here is the proffered housing solution to singletons in their 30s , student accomodation for young and I guess middle aged professionals.
Student accomodation isnt just for students. … 24845.html


Nice piece in the IT today where McW finds the price of a new Merc has gone up 10 times since 1973, but the price of a house in Dublin has gone up circa 50 times. So you could have 3 Merc 2.3 litre saloons in 1973 for each Dalkey semi D. Today you could have 14 Merc E class 2.2 litre estates to 1 Dalkey house.

McWilliams argues that a 55 grand Merc is no less desirable than it was in 1973, and for a traditional E class I’d agree. It is as aspirational for the middle class as it was in 1973 because it is an internationally traded good.

Irish housing however is overvalued yet again as it is not a movable, internationally traded good, but subject to a stitch up, with government and private sector players rigging the deck, business as usual. Except eh, it wasn’t supported by the paying punter back in 1973, obviously.


Unless Ireland makes housing cheaper we will miss Brexit bounce

Ireland is set to benefit enormously because, economically, Ireland is a modern, tolerant cog in the globalised world, profiting from the flow of capital, knowledge and talent. Brexit is an act of aggression against this global system.

Ireland, as a fully paid-up member of the EU, is plugged in to the global via multinationals with their peripatetic workforce and its door is open to the business, knowledge and talent that is set to flow in here.

If that door does not stay open, that talent and business will go elsewhere, and the Brexit dividend for Ireland will be lost. It’s really that simple and that urgent. If Ireland is too expensive, knowledge will go somewhere else.



Uh-oh Spaghettios


Subscriber article but should also go up on his website soon

Cork does not need to emulate Manhattan or even Frederiksberg, but to achieve the type of densities required to reinvent the core of the city, a significant increase in building is needed.

One obvious way of doing this, given the population projections and the increases expected, is to pick your density and work backwards. It involves building up accordingly, identifying all the vacant sites and starting to build public transport infrastructure now to cater for the desired densities in a small, but vibrant area.

It also means de-zoning rural and suburban fields earmarked now for housing, to stop sprawl.

These kinds of decisions would allow the city to truly embrace city living. Why not let the “real capital” start setting standards for the rest of the country.


Latest David McWilliams piece - A fall in house prices should be our goal

He points out the supply of land being the issue propping up housing prices and mentions a couple of countries where that’s managed differently but it’s a pity he doesn’t suggest his solutions for Ireland.

Housing is not just an immediate accommodation issue. The obsession with home ownership has jaundiced so much of our economic and political discourse over the past five decades that it is now one of the single biggest impediments to social development.