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Micheál Martin can’t be trusted on Housing - Eoin Ó Broin TD

5 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has responded to Micheál Martin’s criticism of current government housing policy stating it is “sheer hypocrisy” given his party’s own record in government.

Speaking today as he launched document detailing Fianna Fáil’s record on housing during the last time they were government and during their current stint in opposition, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Micheál Martin is criticising the current government, that his party supports, for having an 'over reliance on the private sector without enough building of public housing'.

“Fianna Fáil claim their record on the delivery of social housing during its last 14 years in government was better. Unfortunately this document outlines the facts, which tell a different story.

“During the party’s last tenure in government they delivered on average 5,523 real social homes per year.

“During their term in office the number of households on local authority waiting lists jumped from 27,000 to 98,000. That’s an increase of 70,891 households, representing a jump of258%.

“This was coupled with an increase in the level of rent subsidy dependence over the same period from 36,000 to 113,000 that represent an increase of 76,818 households, an increase of 209%.

“In 1997 the annual cost of rent subsidies was €90m. By the end of 2011 it had increased to €620m. An increase of 588%.

“Fianna Fáil between 1998 and 2011 had more resources available to them that at any other time in the history of the state and they failed to adequately deliver real social housing.

“For example, in 2006 despite the fact that that year saw the largest number of housing units built in the history of the state.

''Of the 93,419 residential units built, just 6,361 real social housing units were delivered, a paltry 6.8% of all residential construction

“Just like the current government, Fianna Fáil’s under delivery of social housing led to spiraling waiting lists and a growing over reliance on the private rented sector.

“Micheál Martin sat at the cabinet table when all these policy decisions were being taken.

“With Micheál Martin at the helm Fianna Fáil’s time in opposition especially during the confidence and supply agreement has been littered with U-turns and policy contradictions from what is clearly stated in their manifesto.

“Our current housing and homeless crisis was created by Fianna Fáil and is being perpetuated by Fine Gael. 

''Despite all the chatter to the media the reality is that Micheál Martin did not prioritise housing in the confidence and supply negotiations and he has not sought any changes to Fine Gael’s Housing budget.“

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