SF and FF must help in housing crisis - Coveney
Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30
Housing Minister Simon Coveney has challenged Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to back an all-party approach to the housing crisis, citing Ireland's need to build 25,000 new homes a year over the next decade.
The Cork TD made a direct appeal to local authorities controlled by Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. He warned that the housing demands of Irish people can only be met through a practical house construction programme which is supported by all major political parties.
Sinn Féin confirmed it is writing to Mr Coveney and Finance Minister Michael Noonan over how they plan to address the latest "shocking" Housing Agency report.
Its housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD expressed astonishment at the revelation there are 230,056 homes vacant across the state.
But Mr Coveney said all-party support is required for tackling what he described as the single greatest challenge facing Ireland. "Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are very important in this because they are in positions of power in many local authorities," he said.