Reintroducing bedsits is among the options being looked at by the Government to help solve the housing crisis.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says other options being considered for a new housing strategy include scrapping the 'help-to-buy' scheme and doubling the Property Tax on vacant homes in Dublin.
On the topic of bedsits, he insisted that it is currently just a suggestion - but noted that no option is being taken off the table.
In comments quoted by the Irish Examiner, Minister Murphy said any new source of accommodation must meet minimum standards.
"If that will work for people as a supply-side measure then yes I’m going to consider it," he explained.
The comments come only days after new regulations on rental housing reinforced the existing ban on bedsits.
North Inner City councillor Nial Ring has told 98FM News he's in favour of allowing the one-bed studio flats coming back onto the market, and he doesn't believe it will lead to tenement-style conditions:
"Luckily enough the crappy, slum-landlord type bedsits have been almost eliminated from Dublin due to intensive inspection programme the council has run for the last five years. For example on the North Circular Road, out of 100 properties, there were 700 bedsits in them with 85% of them found to be sub standard. But due to the inspections they've all been brought up to standard."