CSO dwellings completions data show government 38% behind target for 2019 - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the latest dwelling completion data published by the CSO today which confirms that the government is 38% behind its overall delivery target for 2019.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Rebuilding Ireland commits to delivering 125,000 new homes by 2021, an average of 25,000 per year.
"However, it only delivered 14,407 in 2017, 18,072 in 2018 and 9,185 to date in 2019.
“The government should be looking at delivering 30,840 new dwellings per year at this stage to reach the 125,000 target but according to the CSO data published today 9,185 new dwellings were built in the first half of 2019.
“If this trend continues around 18,000 homes will be delivered by the end of the year, 12,000 short of the 30,000 plus target.
“This lacklustre delivery means the government is playing catch up and will have to deliver 30,840 new dwellings per year for 2019, 2020 and 2021 to meet the 125,000 target.
“Therefore in the second half of 2019, 21, 840 new dwellings must be completed.
“It is unfortunate that these targets look like they will be missed despite the government offering incentives, such as the Help to Buy tax break, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), and changing planning legislation to facilitate strategic housing developments.
"This shortfall in delivery once again shows that Rebuilding Ireland is not fit for purpose and never was.
"The Government must accept this and start prioritising investment in public housing on public land. It is the only way to the deliver the homes that people need at an affordable cost to both the exchequer and the homeowner.”