O’Sullivan welcomes ICTU intervention on Housing

20 September 2017

Labour spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD has welcomed the publication today by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions of their proposals to tackle the housing emergency, and backed their call for an urgent expansion in the local authority house building programme.

Deputy O’Sullivan said:

“There is an urgent need for the Government now to accelerate plans by local authorities to deliver a social housing building programme that would provide thousands more homes per year. The delivery of 50,000 units over five years would go some way to addressing the worsening homelessness crisis, and alleviate pressures in the private rental market that have brought rents to record levels.

“It is clear that the housing emergency now requires much stronger State intervention to address the ongoing failure of private developers to build housing. The crisis is now causing huge stress for young couples, individuals and families across Ireland and will feed into increased wage demands as rents and house prices continue to rise.

“There are simply not enough homes being built, and measures are needed in the Budget to ensure the Vacant Site Levy has an impact on land hoarding by reducing the ability of owners to avoid it.

“Despite much discussion in recent years on the need for an affordable housing model that includes cost rental, no tangible proposals have come forward from Government. The use of NAMA to drive the development of affordable rental accommodation must now be progressed.”

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