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Only one social housing unit built in Waterford in four years – Cullinane

14 April, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane today said the government was directly responsible for the housing crisis. Speaking in the Dáil during debate on housing, the Waterford Deputy said the failure of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail led governments to build social housing had resulted in thousands becoming homeless.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Despite Alan Kelly’s endless rhetoric about money being available for housing, the facts speak for themselves.

“Between 2011 and 2015, the Fine Gael Labour government built the grand total of one social housing unit in Waterford.   

“Yet acting Minister Kelly continues to blame local authorities, the constitution, and anyone else he can think of for the housing crisis when the buck stopped with him, his department and the government in which he served as a senior member of cabinet. 

“If we are to genuinely address this crisis, there must be an admission by Minister Kelly, by Fine Gael and by Fianna Fáil that thus far the state’s housing policy has failed.

 “Going forward we need a new model where the state takes direct responsibility for housing – a model which prioritises people and not the market.” 

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