Sunday 22 September 2019

Little evidence of urgency on housing

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Judging by the National Development Plan (NDP), the Government certainly has big plans to deliver on the country's urgent need for housing.

That urgency isn't quite as evident however in the correspondence between Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and his officials and Nama chiefs Brendan McDonagh and Frank Daly, and the agency's head of residential delivery, John Collison.

Asked by the Irish Independent for copies of all written contacts between the parties since Mr Murphy's appointment as minister last June, the Department of Housing responded with just five short emails sent over the course of two days last July.

The initial email from Department of Housing assistant secretary David Walsh to Nama CEO Brendan McDonagh sought to arrange a "short meeting" to see how the parties might continue to work together in the context of Rebuilding Ireland and in advancing projects to release lands for private and SH [social housing] development.

The four other emails released under the Freedom of Information Act dealt solely with arranging a day and time for the meeting.

There is no reference in the correspondence to the Housing Minister attending.

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