Wednesday 7 December 2016

Housing too big an issue for political point scoring

Published 21/07/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen
Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen

The housing and accommodation crisis is too big an issue to be allowed to descend into needless political point scoring.

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While that is not unexpected, the electorate, and particularly those who are depending on a robust response to the lack of housing, will not thank the Government nor the Fianna Fáil party, which is propping it up, if they start squabbling on the issue.

It is clear that Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen has concerns about certain elements of the 'Rebuilding Ireland' plan. It is incumbent on him to sit down with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, to thrash out their differences for the sake of those who need accommodation, whether they be private or social renters, 'rough sleepers' or first-time buyers.

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