ABJECT FAILURE: GOVERNMENT POLICY TO PRODUCE 8 AFFORDABLE AND 115 COST-RENTAL HOMES IN 2021

Through a series of parliamentary questions in the Dáil, it has been revealed that government policy will produce a paltry 8 affordable homes and 115 cost-rental homes by the end of 2021. In answer to a question by Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, stated that by years-end there would be 115 cost-rental homes completed. The Minister then went on to talk about housing projects expected in the coming years.

Although the Minister’s tones were hopeful that unannounced future developments would be a solution to the housing crisis, the numbers of housing units suggested by the Minister (2,000 per year) are in fact paltry and will do very little to tackle the housing crisis in general, and the unaffordability problem in particular.

The Minister praised his government’s achievements in what he described as their first year. Such comments belie the fact that Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have been in special-arrangements for at least two terms of government, and their agreed housing policies appear to be producing less homes each year.

The social Democrats have strongly criticized the government about their failure to produce affordable housing stock, but also the omission of cost-rental data in the most recent “Housing for All” progress report, saying in a Tweet,

“The Govt is so far behind in its delivery of affordable and cost-rental homes, it hasn’t even included them in their ‘Housing for All’ progress report – which was published today…Just 8 affordable homes, and 115 cost-rental homes, will be delivered this year”.