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SF criticises Govt housing record after Tánaiste claim

The Government’s record on housing has been criticised following Tánaiste Micheál Martin’s claim this weekend that Fianna Fáil was the party of action of housing.

The Fianna Fáil leader told delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis yesterday that addressing the housing crisis would take time, but that a “new era of social housing has begun”.

However, Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin today said the housing and homelessness crisis will continue to deepen as long as the current Government remains in office.

House building is on the up, but so too are house prices and rents.

Government parties claim the tide is now turning on housing, however, the opposition believes otherwise.

Mr Ó Broin said homelessness is at levels once thought unimaginable, adding that no new policy has been announced by Government to deal with this crisis.

While there has been a major increase in the delivery of social and affordable homes, the figures are still shy of the targets set out in the Government’s housing plan.

Minister for Media Catherine Martin said it takes time to tackle the housing crisis, but there has been significant progress with 33,000 homes built last year.

She said this was the highest figure in 15 years and one third of the new builds were social homes, which is the highest rate in nearly half a century.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said there is still a need for a massive increase in investment to deliver more social and affordable housing.

Tomorrow. Taoiseach Simon Harris will chair his first meeting of the Cabinet housing committee, with a spokesperson saying this evening that housing remains the Government’s number one priority.

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