Dublin’s Housing Crisis in Troubled Times

Cathy Scuffil discusses the response to Dublin’s housing crisis after the collapse of tenements in Dublin’s Church Street in 1913.

Pembroke Library in association with the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society present a talk by Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence, Dublin South City “Dublin’s Housing Crisis in Troubled Times”. This online event took place on 18 May 2022. 

The collapse of tenements in Dublin’s Church Street in 1913 with fatal consequences, increased pressure on authorities to address Dublin’s chronic housing conditions described as the worst in the British Empire at that time. Provision of new and refurbished housing had almost halted by the beginning of World War 1, with any available housing funds later redirected to rebuild the destroyed city centre following the 1916 Rising.

Despite this turbulent time in Irish history, Dublin Corporation established a Housing Committee for the provision of new, well-designed housing for low-income citizens. This talk discusses four new estates built at that time, against a backdrop of war, revolution and the emerging Free State.

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