New housing policies are just the beginning
Failure to invest in housing provision in recent years has left as many as 90,000 people languishing on council waiting lists.
In the absence of new homes coming on-stream, many people are forced to live in sub-standard accommodation, and for that reason alone the Government's announcement that it will invest €312m in some 1,700 social housing units is to be broadly welcomed.
One point of concern is the fact that many units will be built in clusters, signalling a return to the council estates of old. That is far from ideal.