Minister Murphy Abandons Key Rebuilding Ireland Target - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has accused the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy of ‘abandoning’ the key Rebuilding Ireland target of delivering an average of 25,000 homes a year during the lifetime of the plan.
Deputy Ó Broin said;
"Page 57 of Rebuilding Ireland outlines the main actions under Pillar 3 of the Plan. It states clearly that 'Key actions: Doubling of output to deliver over 25,000 units per annum on average over the period of the Plan [2017-2021]'. These homes are to be provided by the private, local authority and not for profit sector.
"The Rebuilding Ireland website repeats the same commitment. In the Pillar 3 section of the site it says says 'Pillar Actions: We will ensure that an average of 25,000 homes are produced every year in the period to 2021'.
"This means that Rebuilding Ireland intended to facilitate the delivery of 125,000 homes during the lifetime of the plan.
"However this week during Oral Questions Eoghan Murphy changed this key target. He told TDs that 'The target in Rebuilding Ireland is for housing supply to increase to 25,000 in 2020'.
"This is a significantly reduced target from that stated in the original plan. Given that total output in 2017 was 14,407 and 18,072 in 2018 is is clear that the Governments plan is significantly behind its original target. To date they are 35% behind target. If this trend continues they will be 43,750 homes short of their target by 2021.
"It is clear that this is why the Minister has abandoned this key Rebuilding Ireland target. How else could he claim that his plan is working. However to simply abandon this target and hope that nobody would notice is dishonest in the extreme.
"I have written to Minister Murphy asking him to clarify what the target is, when he took the decision to abandon the original Rebuilding Ireland target and how he can claim that Rebuilding Ireland is working when it is currently 35% behind what is its single most important commitment.’
Note to editors: Links to figures
Rebuilding Ireland: http://rebuildingireland.ie/Rebuilding%20Ireland_Action%20Plan.pdf
Rebuilding Ireland website: http://rebuildingireland.ie/build-more-homes/
Oral questions 20.2.19: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/dail/2019-02-20/8/#s12