Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

28th September, 2018

Tánaiste’s claim that affordable housing supply has increased is an insult to those struggling to own a home – Breathnach

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has said the Government’s denial on the ineffective provision of affordable housing is letting down so many facing the prospect of never owning their own home due to the housing crisis.

During Leaders Questions in Dáil Éireann last week, Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD stated; “We are seeing a dramatic increase in supply of all types of housing, namely, affordable, social, student and others.”

“The Tánaiste’s detachment from reality is indicative of just how ludicrous the Government’s thinking is on affordable housing. It is frightening that someone in such a key position in Government could possibly consider that there has been “a dramatic increase” in the supply of affordable homes,” commented Deputy Breathnach.

“Over a year ago, the Government’s Repair and Lease Scheme promised to deliver 3,500 public homes nationwide. It won’t be of any surprise to those continuing to struggle to find a roof over their heads that just 15 of these units have been supplied.

“It’s delusional for the Tánaiste to call for these supposed increases to be accelerated “to deal with the housing crisis” – there has been no meaningful increase of any sort that could be pointed to as proof of the Tánaiste’s claim.

“The average price for new sales in Dublin has now risen beyond €375,000 – a price out of reach for most working families. The average price in Drogheda is at €230,000 and in Dundalk at €190,000 up 7.7% in the last twelve months.

“An Affordable Housing Scheme is a core part of a suite of measures put forward by our Party during Budget negotiations. Fianna Fáil is determined to change the Government’s unfair policies on housing,” he concluded.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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