Monthly Archives: September 2019

“Co-Living” means innovated bedsits!

By Matt Waine The decision over the summer by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for 208 “Co-Living” accommodation units in Dun Laoghaire, marks a new low in government housing policy, while a new high in homeless figures was recorded. The two are intricately linked. The homeless crisis is big business – and developers are making a killing.  Merchants of ...

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World economy: The growing risks of a global downturn

By Keishia Taylor The risks of a global economic downturn are mounting. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned that 70% of the world economy is expected to see a slowdown in growth in the next two years, and forecast only 3.2% global growth this year, the lowest since 2009. Economies on every continent are shrinking or narrowly escaping recession, including Germany, ...

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Mental health services at breaking point

By Mary Cahillane Mental health services in Ireland are at breaking point. Decades of cutbacks and austerity, with no additional funding, have stretched services to their limits, and many areas have no services at all. The whirr of the search and rescue helicopter over the River Shannon in Limerick City strikes fear into people who have family or friends struggling ...

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