Homelessness, sky-high rents, exclusion from housing. These all relate to Ireland's position as a client economy ruled in the interests of the banks, transnationals and the ECB. Housing is a commodity and used to attract capital inflow from vulture and Cuckoo funds, aided by local REITs. The antidote to this financial plague is mass public housing.
Conor McCabe is author of Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy, and a research fellow at the UCD School of Social Justice.
Brian Leeson is a leading member of the socialist republican group Eirigi. He and his group are to the fore in the housing action movement and have produced sterling work documenting the financial interests of the Vulture funds and of their local collaborators.