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Minister Coveney’s focus must be on increasing funding for social housing – Ó Broin

8 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, has called on Minister Coveney to focus on increasing funding for social housing and reforming the lengthy procurement process.

Deputy Ó Broin was speaking as Minister Coveney again outlined his plans to fast track the planning process.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“There are two key actions that the Minister must take to make a significant impact on the housing and homeless crisis. These are to increase funding for real social housing and to reform the lengthy procurement process which at present can take up to 134 weeks.

 “While, clearly there is a need to reform the planning process, the most important tool available to tackle the housing and homeless crisis is to provide funding for real social housing.

“In 2015, the Government only delivered 1,991 real social houses.  This year, the Government plans to provide only 3,000 real social houses. This is simply not enough to tackle the growing number of families that are becoming homeless let alone the 100,000 households on Council waiting lists.

“If the Minister wants to tackle the most acute cause of the housing and homeless crisis, his primary focus must be on providing funding for real social housing in sufficient numbers and at greater speed.

“The only way the Government is going to provide homes for the 2000 children who will tonight sleep in emergency housing is to initiate a large scale social housing programme substantially greater than anything achieved under recent Fine Gael or Fianna Fail led governments.”  

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