Friday 21 September 2018

Fine Gael’s main focus is about 'spin' in claiming increased housing numbers, Dáil told

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John Downing

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been accused of “spinning” and exaggerating the numbers of houses being provided to tackle the housing crisis.

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman, Barry Cowen, said the Minister had deliberately reduced the target for houses being delivered, so he could claim success on the numbers of houses delivered.

Mr Cowen said the Fine Gael-led Coalition continued to fail to tackle blockages in the system and deliver more homes.

"When will the spinning cease? When will this Government start delivering on social and affordable housing to rent and to purchase?" Mr Cowen asked the Dáil.

“Young professionals, young tradesmen, aged 25-40 cannot afford to rent and cannot afford to save. These are in addition to the 91,000 people already on housing waiting lists," the Fianna Fáil TD added.

Replying for the Government, Education Minister, Richard Bruton, said the housing crisis was caused by a false boom and the collapse in the housing market.

Mr Bruton said the Government had now dramatically increased the provision of houses and this trend would continue. He said the Government had in the past been accused of similarly failing on job-creation but had relatively quickly been successful in stimulating huge levels of employment.

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