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Jesus Billy, i'm sorry you've had it so rough. Fucking Dublin and it's fucking houses.
It's really bad. A lady who works in the building I'm in is currently facing homelessness. She was given notice on the place she's renting six months ago and in that time she wasn't able to find anything. She has a nine year old daughter.
She told me one place she looked at had 183 people on the waiting list.

We were renting in England and experienced lots of trouble there too. This housing problem is not exclusive to Ireland but Ireland is rich and very sparsely populated. It's reasonable to suggest that everyone in Ireland should be able to have a home.
 

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It's really bad. A lady who works in the building I'm in is currently facing homelessness. She was given notice on the place she's renting six months ago and in that time she wasn't able to find anything. She has a nine year old daughter.
She told me one place she looked at had 183 people on the waiting list.

We were renting in England and experienced lots of trouble there too. This housing problem is not exclusive to Ireland but Ireland is rich and very sparsely populated. It's reasonable to suggest that everyone in Ireland should be able to have a home.
That's horrible. And partly why I'm not really against these shared living spaces that some people are so up in arms against. If younger, single people are happy to live in shared spaces that will free up rental spaces around the city. It's pretty urgent that this mess starts getting sorted.
 

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That's horrible. And partly why I'm not really against these shared living spaces that some people are so up in arms against. If younger, single people are happy to live in shared spaces that will free up rental spaces around the city. It's pretty urgent that this mess starts getting sorted.
It’s nots just the sharedness that people are Up in arms about, it’s the unaffordability of them combined with the sharedness. They are a joke.
Only people that can afford them are high earners, who tend to not be people in their early 20s.
So they defeat their purpose.
Better off just selling them to google or Facebook for their contract staff
 

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It's really bad. A lady who works in the building I'm in is currently facing homelessness. She was given notice on the place she's renting six months ago and in that time she wasn't able to find anything. She has a nine year old daughter.
She told me one place she looked at had 183 people on the waiting list.

We were renting in England and experienced lots of trouble there too. This housing problem is not exclusive to Ireland but Ireland is rich and very sparsely populated. It's reasonable to suggest that everyone in Ireland should be able to have a home.
It’s grim hearing it’s just as bad elsewhere
 

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It's really bad. A lady who works in the building I'm in is currently facing homelessness. She was given notice on the place she's renting six months ago and in that time she wasn't able to find anything. She has a nine year old daughter.
She told me one place she looked at had 183 people on the waiting list.

We were renting in England and experienced lots of trouble there too. This housing problem is not exclusive to Ireland but Ireland is rich and very sparsely populated. It's reasonable to suggest that everyone in Ireland should be able to have a home.
If Brexit happens, it's going to stall the Irish economy in the short term at least.

Assuming that the current house prices are a bubble and are a result of investors collectively holding out, it might collapse (again).

There is still this shortage of supply though.

Billy, if there was an apartment complex close to your job, with reasonable apartments, would you move in? I remember either yourself or Andy talking about the absurdity of sprawling tiny gaffs. Now that you are older, with family, would you still move in to an apartment?

For me that's the only solution. High rise apartments, close to your place of work, walking distance to shops and a place to store your bike.
 

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If Brexit happens, it's going to stall the Irish economy in the short term at least.

Assuming that the current house prices are a bubble and are a result of investors collectively holding out, it might collapse (again).

There is still this shortage of supply though.

Billy, if there was an apartment complex close to your job, with reasonable apartments, would you move in? I remember either yourself or Andy talking about the absurdity of sprawling tiny gaffs. Now that you are older, with family, would you still move in to an apartment?

For me that's the only solution. High rise apartments, close to your place of work, walking distance to shops and a place to store your bike.
Don’t think I’d buy an apartment in Dublin (unless it was an amazingly built high-end penthouse that I cannot afford anyway) given the history of them lately.
Stuff not safe / fire-certified.
That and not being built properly to begin with.
Also Not owning below your floor or above ceiling, having to contend with being locked into paying extortionate management fees etc
 

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Don’t think I’d buy an apartment in Dublin (unless it was an amazingly built high-end penthouse that I cannot afford anyway) given the history of them lately.
Stuff not safe / fire-certified.
That and not being built properly to begin with.
Also Not owning below your floor or above ceiling, having to contend with being locked into paying extortionate management fees etc
Almost nobody builds apartments for sale anymore. All build-to-rent for sale en masse to institutional investors ie moving towards a "European" model.
 

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So Dublin doesn't get there's no other solution to this issue?

The solution is pretty simple:
- Seize vacant Catholic Church properties
- build decent quality 10+ story apartments, with green spaces and gardens
- run bike lanes and a tram line from the apartments to city center.
 

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Billy, if there was an apartment complex close to your job, with reasonable apartments, would you move in? I remember either yourself or Andy talking about the absurdity of sprawling tiny gaffs. Now that you are older, with family, would you still move in to an apartment?

For me that's the only solution. High rise apartments, close to your place of work, walking distance to shops and a place to store your bike.
Jumping in on this. We ware currently living in a rented apartment with two children. Our apartment is huge by Dublin standards, 98 square meters, two bedrooms, both ensuite and a separate wc, lots of storage. So about the best you can get, but it's not great for small children. With no garden there is no safe outside space they can be let loose in. There are parks and gardens nearby, but going there means nothing else gets done, and a trek there and back carrying one or both. If there is stuff that needs to be done inside they are stuck inside while it gets done.

We could buy a huge house for what we are paying in rent. But if we moved to somewhere where we could have a house I would go from being a 40 minute (walk or bus) commute from work to at least 2 hours each way, and that would be horrible.

What really needs to happen is realisation that technology makes it possible for most people to do their jobs without having to physically travel every fucking day to a different place than where they live. 99% of us could easily do our job from home, with probably fewer distractions, even with small children. I know I could, bar the few specialist tasks I need to do that aren't in the office anyway.
 

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So about the best you can get, but it's not great for small children. With no garden there is no safe outside space they can be let loose in. There are parks and gardens nearby, but going there means nothing else gets done, and a trek there and back carrying one or both.
My old man just moved into some apartments out on the Northside. They've got a really decent garden and green space around them. (Next door is of course a massive, derelict Catholic property that they're undoubtably generating cash out of. I hop in there and go for walks but obviously nippers would be better off staying away.)

That's the thing, you can fix the green space. I put that as an important point above. If you build a decent height, you take pressure off tiny houses with tiny gardens and tiny flower beds surrounded by tiny walls. You can put in a well designed garden for kids and people to sit in.

The telecommute thing is fine in theory. It's very variable on punters actually having decent management and/or wanting to work though. My current job is about 40% telecommute, but I go in every day. I've tried it before, either I do nothing (which is actually fine), or I work all of the time, day and night. There's no inbetween (in my experience).

It's very clear who's slacking and doing fuck all, and who's working. I can tell, and the tc makes is painfully clear. It's another conversation, but I've fucked everyone who obviously does fuck all on tc days (which ended up being all of them) off my team. Not because they weren't good, just because they're not working on tc, which messes my work up. There's only so many times I wait a day for an answer to a Slack message.


**Having said that about going in every day, I'm working a close bike ride away from my apartment. I am better off mentally if I get out and ride every day, I need it, and I've engineered my life around it. I was commuting in and out of NYC and various other hell holes, and it's horrible. I refuse to commute more than ~15 mins, I find a job and put my gaff next to it. Fuck everything else.
 

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So Dublin doesn't get there's no other solution to this issue?

The solution is pretty simple:
- Seize vacant Catholic Church properties
- build decent quality 10+ story apartments, with green spaces and gardens
- run bike lanes and a tram line from the apartments to city center.
I'd really love to know how much land they own in Ireland. Anytime the Catholic martyrs get to pontificate in national newspapers (so, every day) about how oppressed they are because people don't like that they want gay people to disappear my first thought is always "how much land does the catholic church own in Ireland."

I only know anecdotally from things like Maynooth university where the seminary there owns all the old campus and have a vast amount of power on policy as a result, despite there being about 1 priest in training there at any time.

I find a job and put my gaff next to it. Fuck everything else.
100% not possible in Ireland without massive changes. Right now i'm in the process of finding a gaff and putting my job (any job) next to it, fuck everything else.
 
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I'd really love to know how much land they own in Ireland.
I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I think The Vatican doesn't own the land directly, it's the diocese that technically owns it. To find out what the holdings sum up to you'd have to go through each parish and sum up the holdings. Sort of a cell organisation. Bit like the IRA.

But, like, yeah. It's in the region of "fucking loads". I come home and tool about the city on a bike, vaguely hoping to be set upon by scumbags and beaten out of my misery, but because I'm not training, or actually going anywhere I get mad nosy, looking into empty land, seeing what's actually about. Almost invariably around Dublin, if you find a large open plots of unused private land it seems to be owned by the Church. It's not always clear, you often have to do a bit of light trespassing, but often it's easily seen. We're talking large, pristine plots, in the likes of Dublin 4 and so on. So, the wealth is eye watering. Often they are in strange places, some are awkward, down lanes that you'd not expect to see a big field at the end of, in the middle of a loop of developed things.
 

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Jumping in on this. We ware currently living in a rented apartment with two children. Our apartment is huge by Dublin standards, 98 square meters, two bedrooms, both ensuite and a separate wc, lots of storage. So about the best you can get, but it's not great for small children. With no garden there is no safe outside space they can be let loose in. There are parks and gardens nearby, but going there means nothing else gets done, and a trek there and back carrying one or both. If there is stuff that needs to be done inside they are stuck inside while it gets done.

We could buy a huge house for what we are paying in rent. But if we moved to somewhere where we could have a house I would go from being a 40 minute (walk or bus) commute from work to at least 2 hours each way, and that would be horrible.

What really needs to happen is realisation that technology makes it possible for most people to do their jobs without having to physically travel every fucking day to a different place than where they live. 99% of us could easily do our job from home, with probably fewer distractions, even with small children. I know I could, bar the few specialist tasks I need to do that aren't in the office anyway.

99%?! that is an ridiculously high number.
what about nurses, Gards, Tradesmen on building sites, garages, up telephone poles, technicians, musicians (LOL), teachers (and a shitload more i cant think of)

they just add up to 1%?
 

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I was sitting in the Dept of Motor Vehicles, because I bought a car and must now do car things.

It's a fucking uncomfortably bright hellscape, and I'm trying to read. I had this Python book, so I start going through it.

Next thing a lad walks over, and says "oh, you're trying to learn Python? That's good".

And I'm there, well, you know, I already know Python, but, you know, I'm reading a bit more, yes. And I ask him if he's a coder?

"Oh yes" he replies.

nice one, so do you code in Python too yeah?

"I'm one of the authors".

...huh?

"I'm, you know, one of the authors. I'm writing the language."

...really? What's your name?

Says name, which I immediately recognise.

So now we're talking about f strings, and release notes from python 3.8, and the new operator, and why did Guido leave? And annoyingly nerdy shit to the extent that people are shooting over the occasional dirty look. Then he's asking me about what the hell's up with Brexit, and.. I mean, I'm trying to go over the fragments I know but, not 100% on the old Brexit crap.

Both of us are so invested in chatting that we stop focusing on the hellscape of bureaucracy that is the DMV, and realise that we've been ignoring the call out numbers.
Thankfully there's a log on a screen and we weren't. But, it made the trip 100% more interesting and worthwhile.

Then *he* thanks me for taking the time to talk with him, and we hit the road in our newly titled cars.
 

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