Half the country believe housing and homelessness should be the the top priority in this year's budget 2 months ago

Half the country believe housing and homelessness should be the the top priority in this year's budget

The country believes that the issue needs addressing as soon as possible.

Ireland's national housing emergency is the country's biggest concern ahead of the upcoming national budget.

This is the sentiment expressed in a recent survey conducted by Taxback.com, which found that 50% of respondents believe measures to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis should take top billing in this year's budget.

The survey asked over 1,600 taxpayers nationwide for their opinions ahead of this Budget 2019, which will take place later this month.

Speaking of the findings Eileen Devereux, Commercial Director for Taxback.com said: "The level of concern amongst the Irish public is palpable from this survey.

"The housing crisis is not a 'distant' concern, people want to help and in the main, it seems, are open to using Exchequer coffers to try to solve the housing and homelessness crisis.

"One observation that could be made on the back of these results is that, if there is to be a general election, the current administration will be strongly judged on their handling of this issue."

This news comes just five days after staff members in University College Cork were asked to take students in amid the growing housing crisis.

You can see peoples' exact responses to the question in the survey here. After housing and homelessness, healthcare came in second place with 25% of people asked believing it was the number one priority.

If you were Taoiseach, what would be your number one priority in Budget 2019?

  • Housing and Homelessness                                                                                 50%
  • Healthcare                                                                                                              24%
  • Cut income tax rates                                                                                           13%
  • Childcare costs                                                                                                       5%
  • Poverty levels                                                                                                         4%
  • Climate Change                                                                                                     2%
  • Tax assistance and incentives for self-employed                                             1%
  • Other                                                                                                                       1%