Thursday 18 January 2018

Risks have to be taken if Simon Coveney is to find a way to fix broken housing market

Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe
Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe

Eoin Ó Broin

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has called for a cross-party consensus on housing. Given the scale of the crisis, I agree. Our housing system is broken. All three pillars - owner/occupier, private rental and social rental - are in need of serious investment and reform.

Coveney now has an opportunity to chart a new course. His Housing Action Plan, due in August, must be radical if it is to ensure that people can access appropriate and affordable housing.

At the heart of this new approach must be a return to large-scale local authority building.

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