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Kelly’s rehashing of old announcements getting old - Adams

26 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described Minister Alan Kelly’s repeated rehashing of previous commitments in respect of social housing builds as “pathetic” and has said that rather than engaging in PR stunts, the Minister should be “doing his job”.

Deputy Adams said:

“The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, according to reports this morning, is due to announce, or re-announce as he’s fond of doing, funding for 1,000 new social housing units today.

“That would be welcome if true, particularly in light of the most recent report published by the Simon Communities that 95% of rental properties available are priced beyond the reach of people dependent on State rent supports.

“But we’ve been listening to the same announcement for two years now. He’s announced the same thing so many times it would seem he’s actually starting to believe his pronouncements that homes are going to be built. But what we haven't seen is any delivery. It’s pathetic.

“The Government promised 1,000 new social housing units last year at a minimum - a figure that is paltry in the grand scheme of the housing crisis, but would of course be welcome.

“That target is not going to be met.

“The latest Department of Environment figures show that there were a mere 28 local authority houses built in the State during the first nine months of 2015 - 28 - at a time when there are over 100,000 applicants on waiting lists for council housing.

“Even in 2011, during the Government’s first year in office - despite shockingly low levels of social housing construction then as well - at least 486 social housing units were built. The scale of the Government’s incompetence is pretty stark. That’s a decline of 1635% in social housing construction over the last five years.

“Instead of engaging in PR stunts by announcing the same plans he’s been doing for the last two years over and over again, the Minister should be doing his job and ensuring that previous commitments and promises are being delivered in the interest of the tens of thousands of families who need homes.”

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