As the well-to-do homeowners of plummy and posh south Kensington wring their hands as the death toll mounts on their backyard, it was their demand for a more pleasing vista – and not the Grenfell residents’ plea for better, safer accommodation – that led to the multi-million pound RBKC council “regeneration” of Grenfell tower.
With one in five TDs in the current Dáil being owners of private rental accommodation it is no wonder that nothing has been done – even as homelessness in the country reaches record levels – to help keep ordinary working families in their homes.
Homelessness in Ireland has reached disaster levels meriting the declaration of a state of emergency in the country. In spite of UN experts making this clear to Ireland the government continues to look after the rich.
This is the thing about economic growth; it always comes at a cost for the people who don’t economically matter, and this has always been the way in Ireland.
Most of the players begin the game with no money whatsoever and are never permitted to collect €200 for passing ‘Go.’ One player starts with twice as much money as all the other players added together, unlimited credit, control of ninety percent of the available property, permission to change the rules on a whim, and free access to the available funds in the bank.