Monday 17 June 2019

Housing Delivery Office is short-staffed says local TD

John Manning

Local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing Darragh O'Brien TD has called for a review of the Housing Delivery Office.

The office was established under Re-Building Ireland in August 2016 to support the accelerated delivery of housing across the social and private sectors.

Working with the broader Housing and Planning Divisions in the Department of Housing, other key agencies, local authorities and the construction sector, the aim of the office was to support the roll-out of complex projects, including identifying and resolving barriers to delivery.

However, PQ replies have revealed staff shortages and high turnover within the unit undermining its capacity to carry out its role, according to the local TD.

Deputy O'Brien said: 'There are currently only three people working in the Housing Delivery Office.

'This is extraordinary considering the huge remit the office currently has. What's even more worrying is the fact that the office has actually lost staff since it was first established two years ago, down from four posts. Many of the original members of staff have left the office since its establishment.'

He added: 'The loss of staff and turnover is obviously having an impact on its ability to carry out its work. This means that a critical part of the Re-Building Ireland plan is simply not working. Instead of expanding and building up its experience and expertise it is instead losing staff.'

The Fianna Fáil TD concluded, saying that the country can simply not afford 'to allow blockages and institutional problems to delay construction in the middle of a housing crisis'.

Fingal Independent