Speaking at a conference on the housing crisis organised by Impact trade union, Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, chair of Dublin City Council's Housing Committee, said there must be immediate Government action.
“Our current housing crisis is a man-made crisis. It could have been avoided had the right choices and policies been made. Instead the responsibility for providing social housing was abandoned by Government to the speculators, the private developers and unaccountable landlords.
“By drawing €1 billion from the Strategic Investment Fund an additional 6,600 local authority homes could be built within 18 months. These would be additional to the homes which the Government have already committed to providing. If 6,600 rent supplement recipients were housed it would represent a saving of €29 million on the scheme based on the average payment.”