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Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English TD & Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly TD with models of houses which won an age friendly Ireland sponsored architecture competition during a launch of the joint policy statement, 'Housing Options for Our Ageing Population' at the AV Room, Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English TD & Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly TD with models of houses which won an age friendly Ireland sponsored architecture competition during a launch of the joint policy statement, 'Housing Options for Our Ageing Population' at the AV Room, Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English TD & Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly TD with models of houses which won an age friendly Ireland sponsored architecture competition during a launch of the joint policy statement, 'Housing Options for Our Ageing Population' at the AV Room, Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

This Government's housing policy has been a disaster so far. Not enough homes are being built. Rents have shot past boom levels. The number of homeless people hovers around 10,000.

Social housing lists are long and young people are being forced to boomerang back to their parents. Meanwhile, properties lie idle and many older people live in big houses long after their children have flown the nest. And we have a clear need for more homes that are appropriate for older people's needs.


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