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Minister should hang his head in shame at latest house inflation figures

8 December, 2003


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has said the Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, Noel Ahern should "hang his head in shame" in relation to house price inflation. Deputy Morgan made his remarks after the Minister announced that despite increased numbers of houses being built across the State that prices for the September Quarter were up 13.1% on last year, bringing the average cost of a new house outside of Dublin to €225,356 and €266,444 for a second-hand unit.

Deputy Morgan said: „Noel Aherns claim that the ŒGovernment will not shy away from a challenge to improve affordability of housing‚ is nothing more than arrant cant from a Minister who has done nothing to ease the plight of those crippled with massive mortgages or struggling to get a deposit on their first home. He and his Government colleagues have been primarily responsible for the chronic housing problem currently faced by the people of this State. It is because of their policies ˆ the latest of which is to force thousands of euro in costs on to the prices of a new home in the form of local authority levies that prices continue to spiral out of control.

"Noel Ahern should spare us his crocodile tears in relation to house price inflation and accept that he has failed to address the 48,000 families on local authority waiting lists, who haven‚t got a hope in hell of forking out the €300,000 being demanded for new homes in Dublin city or the €225,356 state-wide.

"Instead of gloating about increased numbers of house completions the Minister should be hanging his head in shame." ENDS

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