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Fine Gael/Labour housing plan is an admission of failure – Ellis

22 June, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has strongly criticised housing strategy proposals being discussed by the Fine Gael/Labour government, suggesting they will attempt to bribe private property developers with land giveaways and reduced development contributions as they are failing to meet their own miserably low targets for new housing.

Teachta Ellis said:

“The Coalition has a pathetically low new housing target, of just 1,700 new social housing units by 2017, which will be after the next general election.

“The Fine Gael/Labour government has done nothing to boost social housing during its time in office and has implemented cuts which have worsened the homelessness crisis.

“The Department of Environment estimates, based on local authority returns, that there were over 89,000 households in need of social housing; that figure includes both families and single people so it represents a far greater number of people in need.

“They have refused to invest in social housing, a promised spend of just €312 million until the end of 2017 will not scratch the surface. Now, they want to provide giveaways and bribes to the private developers to achieve this completely inadequate target.

“The fact that these policies are being pursued, or even discussed, is an admission of failure by the Fine Gael/Labour government.

“There are well over 100,000 people in need of social housing in this state, and the government is offering less than 2,000 housing units. It’s not even offering them during this term in office, but at some time in the future. This government is holding families to ransom, promising a roof over their heads if they’re returned to power

“Rather than offering the private sector giveaways, the government should be using public resources to build the homes that are so badly needed. This is what Sinn Féin in government will do.” 

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