Friday 18 October 2019

'Ireland’s housing system is broken' – Government finally admit

Rent prices have went up 8.6pc in the last year (stock photo)
Rent prices have went up 8.6pc in the last year (stock photo)
John Downing

John Downing

Ireland’s housing system – across renting, buying and social accommodation – is totally broken, the Government has conceded.

The admission, during a Dáil housing debate, came as a new report showed that Dublin rents are back at boom-time rates and rents across the country continue to grow.

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said Government efforts to help people suffering from spiralling rents had not worked. She said much of it was down to the failure to link rents to the inflation rate.

“In fact you only made matters worse,” she said.

Ms McDonald challenged the Government to accept  the recommendations expected soon from a Dáil housing committee. These will include increasing the rent supplement; giving better housing supports; and linking rent increases to the rate of inflation.

Replying for the Government, Education Minister Richard Bruton said housing was the biggest problem facing Government.

“There is no system more broken than the system of housing in this country. The system is completely broken and needs to be re-built,” he frankly said.

Mr Bruton said more people had got increased rent supports and the Housing and Planning Minister, Simon Coveney, was committed to action on a number of levels.

The Minister said the only remedy was to increase supply in social and commercial housing.

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