'Alarm' expressed at anaemic local authority house building - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed ‘alarm’ at the anaemic local authority housing building.
He comments come as figures released by the Department of Housing show that out of nearly 6,000 real social homes delivered in 2017 only 780 of these were built by local authorities.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Local authorities are meant to be leading the delivery of social homes. They have the land and as the Department of Housing keeps stating funding is not an issue.
“The 2017 Housing Delivery build output shows that 2,245 real social homes were build by local authorities and approved housing bodies delivered through a range of schemes including building, turnkey acquisition, regeneration and Part V.
“Only 780 of these homes were built by local authorities. That’s just 35%.
“When standard acquisitions and voids are included the total number of real social houses delivered was 5,746. Just 13% of these were built by local authorities..
“This poor construction delivery is deeply concerning. Even more so when you consider that some local authorities didn’t build any social homes in 2017.
“My own local authority of South Dublin built zero, as did Wicklow, Leitrim, Laois, Galway City and Clare.
“Alarm bells should be ringing in the Department of Housing. In is not acceptable that in the midst of a severe housing shortage that local authorities are not building any homes, some in areas of high demand.
“Others are not building virtually nothing. For example, Cork City Council built four homes as did Limerick. Tipperary County Council built one single house and Cavan only built two.
“Minister Murphy needs to identify the reasons why local authorities are moving at a snail’s pace on housing construction.
“He also needs to look at his own department’s bureaucratic procedures and implement measures to speed up the procurement and tendering process. This process can add up to two years to the length of housing delivery.”