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Housing will be a key priority for Sinn Féin in government - Peadar Tóibín

17 February, 2016


Housing will be a key priority for Sinn Féin in government

Sinn Féin spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has outlined Sinn Féin’s practical plan to tackle Ireland's housing crisis.

Speaking at the launch this morning, he said;

“Fine Gael and Labour have caused chaos in housing. They failed to invest in social and affordable housing, so there are now officially 89,872 households on local authority waiting lists.

“We now have a national emergency and we need a national response. Solving the housing crisis requires political will. 

“The principals of the Proclamation declare basic rights, and the right to housing is just that. The fact that 100 years later all Irish people do not have a place to call home or do not have a roof over their heads is unjustifiable. Housing will be one of Sinn Féin’s key priorities in government.

Deputy Tóibín continued; 

“We will make an additional €30 million available to Local Authorities and homeless agencies to house the homeless in emergency accommodation in year one of government.

“We will launch plans to bring the State ownership of housing stock to a minimum of 200,000. This will ensure a build of at least 70,000 social units and at least 30,000 cost purchase and cost rental housing units by 2030.

“We will also commit €5 billion, a cumulative €2.2 billion more than the government’s commitment, in capital spending in 2016-2021 to ensure the delivery of 36,500 social and affordable houses.

“Whilst the Government parties seem to be oblivious to the housing crisis, Sinn Féin will not stand back and allow citizens of this state to continue living on our streets, in homeless shelters and in emergency accommodation.”

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