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Wednesday 24 January 2018

No need for semi-state housing body - Doyle

Cllr Keith Doyle
Cllr Keith Doyle

Pádraig Byrne

The Chairman of Enniscorthy Municipal District has blasted the government over proposals that a new semi-state body be set up to deal with the housing crisis and drive house construction across the country. Cllr Keith Doyle says that the whole thing smacks of delay and diversionary tactics and would be every bit as much of a disaster as Irish Water.

'Taking housing away from the local authorities would just be bizarre to me,' he said. 'The best people to build houses are the local authorities if they were given the money to do it. We're being told that there's plenty of money for houses, but I can tell you we're not seeing it in Wexford. We're due to sign contracts for a few new houses in Cherryorchard, but apart from that there hasn't been any for a long while and I don't see any more planned for the near future.'

'I think the whole thing is a delay tactic,' Cllr Doyle continued. 'If the money is there, just give it to us and we'll build the houses. Local authorities have all the knowledge and contacts for it. They've been doing it for centuries. It's not rocket science. We don't need a quango to tell us how to do this. The local authorities are experts in this field. The government needs to just hand over the money and let them get on with building the houses.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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