“Spare €1600 Change For An Apartment In Dublin?”


CLAD in a recently dry-cleaned suit, and carrying a full cup of coffee and a sandwich which somehow cost €15, Dermot Fahy is one of increasing number of young professionals in Dublin City resorting to begging for a spare €1600 to afford accommodation in the capital.

“I never thought I’d be so down on my luck like this. Destitute with a recent graduate salary to keep me going,” said Fahy, who admitted every day is a stress worrying where the money for the renting of a recently built co-living unit will come from.

“Spare €1600?” goes the desperate, quiet mouse-like pleading from Fahy as people pass him by amid the bustle. This pattern is repeated throughout his time sat curbside on the street.

“It’s not like I’m asking for much, just what I need to keep going for the next 4 weeks,” explained Fahy, who after living expenses is left without money to place in his savings that will help him be ready to be outbid for a house sometime in 2045.

“I got a girlfriend just to help out with rent, and in fairness, people donate more change to her”.

The sight of an eminently employable professional failing to make ends meet has been a sore point for homeless people in the city.

“This is a disaster, we rely on the odd euro here or there from young professionals, but if Dublin has become such an unforgiving hellscape that they need a dig out too? Well, the city is going to collapse in on itself” offered homeless man John Loughlin.

Keenly empathising with Fahy’s plight, leading politicians have said they will seek to address the issue of affordability and wages through legislation and economic growth, but in the meantime they maintain the best course of action is to convince Fahy the likes of Loughlin are the ones he should direct all his rage and resentment towards.