Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fine Gael to pledge new 'help to buy' scheme aimed at first time buyers

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Niall O’Connor

FINE Gael will today pledge to provide 500 “rapid delivery” housing units and a new “Help to Buy” scheme aimed at first time buyers in a bid to garner support among Independents.

The party will also detail plans to improve the availability of finance for builders and make it easier for those in mortgage arrears to remain in their homes.

And a new Cabinet minister for Housing will also be appointed under a Fine Gael-led Government.

The series of proposals are contained in a five page document that has been circulated to 15 independent TD, as well as the two members of the Green Party, ahead of a second day of round table talks at Government Buildings.

The document, a copy of which has been seen by, also pledges to produce an Action Plan for Housing within eight weeks of a government being formed.

“It is an economic, social, and ethical priority that the new Government do more to address the housing needs of our people,” the document states.

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