Government should offer families €10,000 to leave Dublin

In Blog by Denis Naughten

The first thing we need to do is to look to our existing 1.75m houses across the country and see how we can ensure that as many of these as possible are occupied, particularly those in the  towns & villages across Ireland.

In fact it would pay the Government to offer a family €10,000 to leave Dublin, to relocate to some of these vacant properties in our villages with high speed broadband and work remotely. US companies are doing it so why could we not have some new thinking on it here?

For every family that would take up such an offer it would save the State €30,714 which is the average cost to the Department of Housing of providing a service site.

But it would also help to bring life back into our villages across Ireland, many of which have not had a football kicked on their streets in a generation.

We need to rethink the way we do things – surely it makes far more sense to see a vacant house occupied than to wait years for a new one to be built.