Thursday 29 September 2016

Alan Kelly: Housing Minister role 'waste of time' without additional powers

Barry Lennon

Published 28/04/2016 | 11:35

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

Environment Minister Alan Kelly called the role of a Housing Minister “a waste of time” without additional powers.

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Mr Kelly warned limits he found as the minister currently responsible for the area would continue at an Oireachtas Committee this afternoon.

He said that if this role was to become the “czar” for housing it would need “control of all the levers.”

“Appointing a Minister with the title and just taking the powers from the Department of Environment is an absolute waste of time,” he said.

“Unless you take sections from the Department of Finance, Department of Public Expenditure, Department of Social Protection, and dare I say it, any other agencies well then they're certainly going to be left in the position myself and (my predecessor Mr Coffey) was left in.

He added that “in principal I've no objection to it, it may be a good idea” but without additional powers the position could be “tokenistic.”

The Labour Party Minister looks to be in the closing stages of his career at Cabinet as Fine Gael look to form a new minority-government with Independents.

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