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Paul Melia: Taxpayers' return on LIHAF investments far from clear-cut

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

On the face of it, the LIHAF (Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund) deals struck between local authorities and developers are a good deal for the taxpayer and those hoping to buy a home.

More than half (55pc) of the 19,979 units to be provided will be social or affordable, with cost reductions of up to €20,000 available on some homes. In many cases, more than the required legal minimum 10pc will be social housing.


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