Rental cri­sis and hair­cuts

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — We have all re­cently heard how the Dublin rental cri­sis is af­fect­ing the “big guys”, our beloved IT gi­ants, who com­plain that the skilled work­ers from over­seas won’t come to Dublin, no mat­ter what wages, be­cause of the ab­hor­rent ac­com­mo­da­tion short­age.

Ap­par­ently, man­agers ask em­ploy­ees to rent out rooms to new­com­ers, and gen­er­ally get in­volved, try­ing to help. But not once have we heard how the same cri­sis af­fects other smaller busi­nesses.

For a time now, we have been strug­gling to find staff for our hair sa­lon.

There are very nearly zero ap­pli­ca­tions!

Re­cently, I re­alised that we are not the only ones. Restau­rants in Dublin can­not find chefs, creches can­not find child­min­ders, and hair sa­lons can­not find stylists.

Many peo­ple want to live in Dublin — but they are forced to leave be­cause they can find nowhere af­ford­able to live, and they take their skills with them.

I hope the re­spon­si­ble agen­cies will take a broader view on this and get on with the so­lu­tions, be­fore we all leave Dublin and take our skills with us. Lana Sayan, Mer­rion Road, Dublin 4

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