Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said that the Government is not facing up to the scale of the housing crisis in the State and that Government policy is ensuring a huge housing shortage, particularly in the Greater Dublin area in the time ahead.
Gerry Adams said:
“The latest ESRI report shows that there will be a huge housing shortage in the Greater Dublin Area if the rate of housing completions does not increase rapidly.
“The current housing crisis has been brought about by the policy of the Fine Gael/Labour government which has refused to tackle increasing rents, lack of social housing and a general lack of house completions.
“The Government appears oblivious to the sheer scale of the housing crisis. There is not enough available housing to meet demand. Rents have increased year-on-year since the present government took office.
“Families are being pushed out of their homes due to the inflexibility of government policy and the unwillingness to provide new public housing stock.
“We have a situation where homelessness is on the rise, where young people are unable to move away from the family home and where a social housing initiative is severely under-resourced.
“Sinn Féin has demanded the adoption of a housing policy which delivers the necessary social housing stock to meet the needs of those languishing on waiting lists. Housing has to be affordable and accessible to people all across the state.
“A major investment of funds for social housing, such as the €1 billion identified by Sinn Fein in the Strategic Investment Fund, is now urgently required.
“The delivery of NAMA housing units must be fast-tracked and there is a need for a mechanism for the Department, Local Authorities and NAMA to work to overcome obstacles blocking units from being used for housing.
“Severe housing need will only be solved by delivering housing for citizens and families who need it. Until the government accepts this and acts accordingly this crisis will escalate, causing further hardship.”