Bed­sits and hous­ing pol­icy

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – A tale of two bed­sits. I vis­ited a bed­sit 10 years ago where 30 peo­ple lived in a medium sized house in wholly un­suit­able con­di­tions.

I later also lived in an­other bed­sit where I shared a bath­room with one other per­son in a nice flat. It was con­ve­nient and af­ford­able.

The cur­rent ban pro­hibits both types of bed­sit.

I would ar­gue that sub­stan­dard ac­com­mo­da­tion should be erad­i­cated, but bed­sits and sub­stan­dard are not the same thing. – Yours, etc,

GAV ROCHE, Bal­lina,

Co Mayo.

A chara, – While I ex­pect that Oliver Duffy (Septem­ber 15th) is cor­rect in sug­gest­ing that those op­posed to the rein­tro­duc­tion of bed­sits are un­likely to be “rough sleep­ers”, how many of those pub­licly pro­mot­ing th­ese fa­cil­i­ties will in fact avail of them? – Is mise, JOSEPH DOYLE, Thomas­town,

Co Kilkenny.

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