Minister Eoghan Murphy has come under sustained criticism for his comments on new co-living initiatives in recent days. Viewed by many as simply "posh student accommodation" there is clearly a need for better understanding of this new property category. John Moran of the LDA has championed a new micro-project his agency is launching in Limerick - a renewal of a Georgian building. From reading his comments this looks like the kind of model that may work best. Clearly we need better clearer leadership on this model from Government. Moran is a man to listen to and his LDA model, if successful, could herald a new way of looking at old Georgian stock throughout the country, with a genuine renewal of buildings that are struggling to remain relevant and attractive for occupants and investors.
Chairman of the Land Development Agency (LDA) John Moran has said the building in Limerick could hold up to eight people "who are happy" to share a kitchen and living room. He said this would be the first of its kind in the city. Georgian buildings in Dublin have been used for 'shared living' before, although in more impoverished circumstances in the 1800s and 1900s. In the latter part of the last century, many Georgian buildings were sub-divided into flats and bedsits, and were popular amongst students and people looking for cheaper places to rent. Speaking about the 'co-living' model of today, Mr Moran told Independent.ie that the proposed premises could cater for up to eight people. His comments came after Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said people should be “excited” about co-living and having "less space for less rent".