His comments come as he told how he’s moving to Berlin to write his autobiography in September.
They also follow the most recent Daft.ie rental report showing that the average rent nationwide is €1,366 and that, as of May 1, there were just 2,700 properties available for rent nationwide.
The same study found that, in Dublin, the average market rent is now an average of 39 per cent above its previous peak in 2008.
Dempsey said there are many Irish artists living in Berlin now because they can’t afford to live in Ireland.
He said: “I’m just putting down the ideas now [for his book].
“I’m going to go to Berlin now to write the thing in September because that city seems to inspire me.
“There are lots of Irish artists over there who couldn’t afford to live here.
“The cost of living here in Ireland is driving our artists away from the island, you know, which is a shame.”
The singer-songwriter was speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE’s One’s Sunday with Miriam show, ahead of his gig in Iveagh Gardens on July 6, when he was talking about the number of Irish artists living in the German city.
The Hold Me singer, 43, told Ms O’Callaghan that when he was in his early 20s, artists were always able to afford to live in Dublin.
But he indicated it’s very difficult now.
His comments follow similar claims which were made by fellow Dublin singer-songwriter David Kitt and widely reported last year.
Kitt told fans that the Dublin house he was living in was being sold as part of a portfolio to a consortium of European investors and that, as a consequence, he had no choice but to emigrate.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “It will be sold or rented no doubt to someone working for Amazon on a base salary of 70k while the people who make this city what it is are forced out to the suburbs or to a city (where) they can afford a reasonable quality of life and where their level of income doesn’t make them feel like a complete failure.”
He added that Dublin’s “heart and soul is being ripped out and sold to the highest bidder”.
“Have we not learned anything from the last boom and bust cycle? It’s worse than the Celtic Tiger though.
“And the price is too high in terms of people and culture.
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Dempsey said: “There are lots of artists like David, great artists, who just can’t afford to live in this city any more.”
He added: “It’s a crying shame when we’re driving our artists away.”
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