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Government missing house building target by massive 43% - Eoin Ó Broin TD

7 February, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that the latest dwelling completion data from the CSO “confirms beyond doubt that Rebuilding Ireland isn’t working”.

The data for 2018 shows that “the Government is missing its key Rebuilding Ireland target by a massive 43%”. Deputy Ó Broin said: “Rebuilding Ireland has a key commitment to “ensure that an average of 25,000 homes are produced every year in the period to 2021. “In 2016 a total of 9,916 new houses and apartments were completed. In 2017 the figure rose to 14,407 and according to the latest CSO data released today 2018 saw 18,072 completions.

"While any increase is welcome the Government is missing its own target by a massive 43%. “In order for Government to meet this key housing commitment by 2021 total output of houses and apartments would have to increase to an average of 35,868 completions a year in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

"That is an increase in 130%. Give that the latest increase was just 25% on 2017 it is hard to see how this key Rebuilding Ireland commitment can be met. “Despite this significant shortfall both the Taoiseach and his Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy are busy spinning that the CSO data represents good news.

"It does nothing of the sort. Rather it confirms once again that Rebuilding Ireland isn’t working and is failing to meet its own targets.

"Until the Government accepts this and changes course the housing crisis will continue.”
ENDS Note to editor: CSO release here.

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