The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned that Covid restrictions on building will lead to a 25% collapse in new housing construction this year.
With would-be buyers chasing fewer homes, tougher Central Bank rules may be needed to curb runaway prices, warned Kieran McQuinn, an associate research professor at the ESRI.
Fewer new planning applications, and a big drop in new site commencements, mean a worsening housing crisis will be one of the lasting effects of the pandemic, he said.
An original estimate for 26,000 housing completions this year has been cut to just 15,000.
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