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Secret government memo reveals €476m budget for housing still unspent as crisis grows

Most of the underspend was on a range of State housing programmes, including €228m which went unspent on local authority housing

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Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Nearly €500m of the Government’s housing budget for the first nine months of this year was not spent, according to a secret memorandum given to m inisters last week.

The Sunday Independent can reveal that as the Coalition continues to face a major housing and homelessness crisis, the Cabinet was told in a memo brought by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien on Tuesday that hundreds of millions of euro of his department’s unprecedented €4bn-a-year Housing for All budget is not being spent.


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