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Government Housing policy designed to benefit builders and developers - Morgan

23 May, 2006


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has claimed Government Policy on Housing has clearly been designed to benefit private developers and landlords rather than citizens in need of housing after it was revealed today that €1,636 million has been spent on rent allowance in the five years from 2000 to 2005.

Deputy Morgan said, “A new report from the Comptroller and Auditor General has shown that €1,636 million has been spent by the Government on rent allowance in the five years from 2000 to 2005.  It is incredible that 40% of people who live in the private rented sector now rely on rent supplement.  These people should be housed in social housing.

“As part of a challenge set by the British Government an Irish company has just designed a two bedroom house that can be built for as little as €95,000.  This shows that had the Irish Government just been a little imaginative they could have built at least 17,000 social houses with this money.  If they had taken on such an initiative five years ago it is likely that these houses could have been built for even less money.  We certainly would not be in the crisis we are in today had a little imagination and serious thought gone into dealing with the whole housing issue.

“However it is obvious that clearing the social housing waiting list was not a major priority for this Government.  Its policy on housing has clearly been designed to benefit private developers and landlords rather than citizens in need of housing.  It is no wonder the recently published list of donors who contributed to Fianna Fáil’s coffers last year is predominantly made up of builders and developers.” ENDS

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