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Housing Committee hears how the roll out of affordable housing is essential - Eoin Ó Broin TD

31 January, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

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Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the government to urgently publish the detail of its affordable housing scheme. 

In series of hearings organised on the issue of affordability the Housing Committee today heard from the ESRI , the Housing Agency and the voluntary housing co-operative Ó Cualann.

All three organisations highlighted how affordable homes to rent and to buy are urgently needed.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today the Oireachtas Housing Committee heard from the ESRI, the Housing Agency and Ó Cualann on the issue of housing affordability.

“The ESRI working paper, Exploring affordability in the Irish Housing Market, published in June 2018, which looked at data between 2005 and 2015, found that those on lower incomes in the private rented sector faced ongoing housing affordability challenges.

“The study found that 70% of households in lowest quarter of income distribution in the private rented sector or mortgaged households had high housing costs.

“The Housing Agency CEO John O'Connor reiterated the need for government policy to strike a balance between the delivery of affordable homes for sale and for rent. That the focus on homeownership must be tempered by the roll out of affordable cost rental.

“The CEO of Ó Cualann Hugh Brennan restated that his housing association has the capacity to delivered more genuinely affordable homes for purchase and it is actively looking at sites where they can deliver such homes.

“Up to 30% of this State’s housing stock should be public housing including non-market affordable housing. Unfortunately this government is still dragging its heels on the publication of its affordable housing scheme.

“The Housing Committee will continue with hearings on the issue of affordable housing and we will be putting together a report to send to Minister Murphy outlining a series of recommendations as to how the government can start delivering real affordable homes.”

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