The government needs to "man up" when it come to the housing crisis, as public finances are strong and healthy.

That's according to one economist, following the latest Irish economic growth data survey.

It found the construction industry is still in free fall.

However, the analysis also showed that, while the country is suffering, growth is likely to rise with a strong start to the new year.

Economist Austin Hughes believes the government has the money to put into building more homes...


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