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“The transition into adulthood is being delayed, housing solutions are needed”

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Ruairí Ó Murchú addresses the crowd after the Louth constituency count ended. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry for LouthNow.ie.

The time has come to stop putting the issue of affordable housing provision for young adults in Ireland ‘on the long finger’ and to start offering young people the opportunity to truly start transitioning into adulthood.

That is according to Sinn Fein TD for Louth Ruairí Ó Murchú who today said that young people require housing solutions from the incoming government. His comments came on the back of a new continent wide Eurofound report which says that 47% of young adults in Ireland are living with their parents.

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That figure represents an 11% rise in the ten years from 2007 to 2017. In comparison, there has been only a 2% increase across the EU over the same period. Eurofound, an agency which monitors working and living conditions, found that ‘for those aged 25-29, the largest increases were in Luxembourg, Ireland and Romania.’

“Young adults living at home with their parents require housing solutions, and they require them now, rather than more long-fingering and an over reliance on the private market,” Ó Murchú said in a statement.

Governments are supposed to come up with solutions for people caught in this limbo, and it is time for any incoming government to intervene, and to start building both affordable housing, and produce properties with affordable rents.”

The numbers of young Irish adults living at home without a house to call their own are comparable to eastern European countries such as Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Romania and Latvia.

 “I can only imagine what it must be like for these people to reside with their parents, whether it is sleeping in a box room or on a couch, ” the Dundalk native said. “The transition into adulthood is being delayed, and those wishing to start families of their own are being impacted by failed policies of Governments gone by.

“There are solutions. The next government must commit to ambitious targets and the required funding in order to roll out affordable cost rental.”

Among Sinn Fein’s housing policies during the last election cycle were pledges to build 100,000 new social and affordable homes and ensure 20% social and affordable housing on all new developments, as well as the introduction of stricter rent regulations.

According to a report in The Irish Times on Wednesday, provisional data from Ireland for 2018 suggests the overall figure of young adults living with their parents may be declining but not all countries reported data for that year and as the Irish figure is provisional, Eurofound said the 2007-2017 period offered more valid analysis

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