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Noticeable shift away from our councils directly building houses

Lorcan Sirr


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Ideological influence?: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy – his department has made it harder for councils to build homes themselves. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ideological influence?: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy – his department has made it harder for councils to build homes themselves. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ideological influence?: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy – his department has made it harder for councils to build homes themselves. Photo: Frank McGrath

The recent release of social housing 'new build' statistics shows an overall increase of 51pc in the quantity of housing delivered by local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. Output was up from 3,753 new build social houses in 2018 to over 5,000 last year.

This appears good news, but unpicking the headline figures - not easy from the way they are presented by the Department of Housing - highlights disconcerting trends in who is delivering housing, who is not, and how it is being done, particularly by local authorities.

What is evident is a noticeable shift away from the traditional practice of councils directly building houses.