So there’s a massive shortage of housing in the UK, particularly in terms of social housing let by the government, and at the same time there’s a housing surplus in Ireland, particularly owned by NAMA the government’s bad bank.
Oh, this seems rather obvious. Could not some sort of deal be made? Ireland owes the UK a great deal of money. Could some of that debt be written down or off by permitting long term unemployed communities to resettle in Irish Ghost Estates and continue to draw their benefit from the UK? This money will help boost the Irish economy, thus helping Ireland grow and ultimately pay back the remaining debt while alleviating the housing market in the UK and allowing for growth there.
Sure it might be a bit trickier to sort out than just that, but it’s a starting point. What are the hurdles to overcome?