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Build affordable housing so emigrants will return

The Taoiseach recently unveiled an initiative to seek skilled ex-patriots to return home. 

Since the economic crisis of 2008, it’s estimated 165,000 people between the age of 18-24 have emigrated. There are now one million active Irish passport holders living abroad.

If Enda Kenny is sincere in calling for the global Irish to return home, he should borrow a few billion euro and immediately start building thousands of affordable houses which would allow thousands of skilled building workers to return home and also satisfy the needs of people looking to purchase an affordable home.

It’s also disappointing that no government tried to put a cap on the price of land.

We have a small population compared to Taiwan — it is half the size of Ireland with a population of 22 million and a higher standard of living.

It was ridiculous when people in Dublin were selling their side gardens, some for more than €100,000, for others to build homes on. In comparison with Taiwan, we have an abundance of land.

It’s up to the government to prove their sincerity in calling for our global Irish to return home. I am sceptical.

Gordon Cunningham

Carndonagh Place

Donaghmeade

Dublin 13

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