Government has no credible plans for affordable housing, Sinn Féin does - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the government for having no credible plans for affordable housing.
Alternatively Sinn Féin has outlined a number of solutions both in the motion up for debate tonight and in our Alternative Budget for 2018 that will deliver affordable housing.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Tonight the Dáil will debate a Sinn Féin motion on affordable housing during private members time.
“The ongoing issues around the availability of affordable homes for rent and for purchase will not be solved by Minister Murphy’s plans announced last week.
“Under current government proposals, not one affordable home will be delivered this year.
“The Minister of Housing maintains that the private sector will deliver affordable homes via the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) but we have yet to see how this will materialise.
“The only way to ensure that affordable homes are delivered is to immediately introduce ambitious affordable rental and purchase housing schemes, led by Local Authorities, and where appropriate, Approved Housing Bodies and Housing Co-operatives.
“The government must aim to deliver 4,500 affordable homes for rental and purchase in year one and double that figure in year two on public land.
“They can afford to this. The funding could be available from the Housing Finance Agency, the strategic investment fund and from Home Building Finance Ireland. They are just choosing not to invest money in public housing. Affordable homes are not a priority for this government.
“I would like to urge all parties with a commitment to delivering affordable homes to support this motion tonight.”