'Locked out' – first-time buyers gazumped by investors – RTE.ie

“Would you mind moving outside the gate, please?”

The three high-vis wearing individuals were polite, but insistent. Mullen Park housing estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, is still private property and we, unknowingly, had strayed from a public path onto the private development.

The gates of the estate were locked behind us, and the irony of the situation wasn’t lost on the person we were there to interview, 32 year-old Peter Melrose.

“I’m standing outside here locked out of this estate. It’s a nice metaphor. Very fitting,” he said.

The teacher and his fiancé had hoped that one of the houses under construction in Mullen Park would one day be their “forever home”.

“We looked at the photos and the videos and we thought that this could be the one for us.”

The couple missed out on the first phase of the development but were registered as interested in future phases

Continue reading this atricle at https://www.rte.ie/news/primetime/2021/0504/1213801-mullen-park-investors-first-time-buyers-property-housing-estate/