Thursday 23 February 2017

Ross's risible objection to badly needed new homes undermines the promises of Independent Alliance

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Is Shane Ross serious about his role and responsibilities at Cabinet and specifically as Transport Minister? It's a legitimate question to ask following the revelation in this newspaper that Ross has objected to a new development of just 63 housing units in his own constituency.

That objection, by any measured consideration, runs contrary to the spirit and the substance of the Government's action plan for housing and homelessness, 'Rebuilding Ireland', launched with much fanfare a few weeks ago.

In that plan, Housing Minister Simon Coveney boldly stated that the Government's "mission is to ensure that everyone can access a home, either on their own or with State support", adding: "We are determined to deal with the dramatic under-supply of housing and the problems it generates for families and communities."

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