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Only 0.4% of vacant homes targeted under state-wide roll out of Repair and Leasing Scheme – Ó Broin

23 February, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the Minister for Housing for again not showing enough urgency in dealing with the housing crisis. Deputy Ó Broin was commenting on the allocation of a paltry additional €26m that will bring only 0.4% of the vacant properties across the state back into use.

Ó Broin said: 

“The Repair and Leasing scheme is a good initiative. Since the pilot seems to be working well in Waterford and Carlow, I cannot understand why the Minister is not more ambitious for the roll out of the scheme. 

“There are over 198,000 vacant properties across the state. This is more than enough homes to take people out of emergency accommodation and off waiting lists. Targeting only 800 vacant properties and providing only €26m in additional funding demonstrates how this Fine Gael led government has not got its spending priorities right. 

“Having an ambitious plan in place that can facilitate the quick turnaround of the maximum amount of vacant properties is an obvious solution to the housing supply crisis in this state. The Minister says funding is not an issue. Therefore, he must demonstrate a clear sense of urgency regarding the statewide roll out of this scheme and adjust his target beyond an inadequate 800 homes.” 

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