Thursday 8 December 2016

We aren’t a renting nation. Let’s fix the housing crisis

Published 25/07/2016 | 16:20

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Simon Coveney TD (centre) with local residents (L to r) Debbie Mulhall & Veronica Lally during the announcement of details of the Regeneration Scheme for Dolphin's Barn at The Community Centre in DolphinÄôs Barn Dublin
Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Simon Coveney TD (centre) with local residents (L to r) Debbie Mulhall & Veronica Lally during the announcement of details of the Regeneration Scheme for Dolphin's Barn at The Community Centre in DolphinÄôs Barn Dublin

The goals set out in the ambitious €5.5bn ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ plan commit to 25,000 new homes every year by 2020.

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Better late than never. The plan includes definitive action and partnerships to address homelessness, accelerate social housing, build more homes, improve the rental sector and utilise existing derelict housing, so that people have access to quality and affordable housing, through their own endeavours or with the support of the State.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney says he is head-hunting from the construction sector for his newly-established Housing Delivery Office in the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

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