Friday 9 December 2016

Local councils must be forced to take action to address housing crisis

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

Just 72 houses were constructed by city and county councils last year, from a total of 12,666 – so the State built just under 0.6pc of the total. Photo: PA
Just 72 houses were constructed by city and county councils last year, from a total of 12,666 – so the State built just under 0.6pc of the total. Photo: PA

To say that local authorities are under-performing in housing provision is an under-statement.

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The lack of progress is appalling. It beggars belief that an entire arm of the State has just 26 homes under construction more than a year after projects were approved.

It's not just city and county councils which have questions to answer. Has the department been tracking progress? Has it been in contact with the chief executives of local authorities seeking progress update reports?

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