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Taoiseach stumped when questioned on affordable housing - Eoin Ó Broin TD

8 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD today called on the Taoiseach to outline what this government’s definition of affordable housing is and to indicate how many genuinely affordable homes will be delivered next year.

Speaking in the Dáil during Leaders Questions, the Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“The reality is that hundreds of thousands of working people are caught in Fine Gael’s housing affordability trap.

“These people earn too much to qualify for social housing but do not earn enough to rent or to buy a decent home.

“These are households who are earning less than €75,000 a year, who also incidentally get up early in the morning. 

“The Taoiseach was unable to answer the questions I posed to him. He is wrongly of the view that people on average incomes can afford to buy increasingly unaffordable homes.

“On a housing development in Hanfield within his own constituency the Taoiseach seemed to believe that houses priced at between €315,000 and €395,000 was affordable for the vast majority of people. To buy these homes households would have to be earning between €81,000 and €101,000 per year.

“This government has no plan to make homes genuinely more affordable to buy and to rent.

“Sinn Féin has workable, costed proposals that would meet affordable housing need and is happy to sit down with the Taoiseach and share these with him.”

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