Monday 5 December 2016

A cautious welcome for new housing plan

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen warned there were
Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen warned there were "significant gaps" in Coveney's plan. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Yesterday's ambitious plan, 'Rebuilding Ireland', envisages the construction of 47,000 social housing units over the next six years. While the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has set out a framework for ending the crisis, which is to be welcomed, he faces a number of obstacles in the immediate aftermath of launching his blueprint.

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The most pressing may be the minority Government retaining the support of Fianna Fáil. Within hours of its launch, Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen warned there were "significant gaps" in the plan and re-iterated that unless adequate action was taken it may fall to a new government to fill such gaps.

Tom Parlon, of the Construction Industry Federation, also asked the pertinent question of where the construction workers are going to come from.

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