Build­ing is only way to fix cri­sis

Irish Daily Mirror - - COMMENT -

THE dis­clo­sure that Dail Deputies and civil ser­vants will re­ceive their pay rise well ahead of pen­sion­ers and the dis­abled is un­fair but not un­ex­pected.

As al­ways, it is the least well off in Ir­ish so­ci­ety who are last in the peck­ing or­der. Those on pen­sions and ben­e­fits are also right to point out that the much-her­alded €5 raise is some­thing of a sleight of hand on the part of the Govern­ment. It’s not be­ing paid un­til the end of March so it is only for nine months of the year and works out at a de­risory av­er­age of €3.85 per week. On the other hand the TDS and civil ser­vants get an en­tire year at the in­creased pay level. All is also not what it seems when it comes to the Govern­ment’s pledges to pro­vide more so­cial hous­ing and rapidly grow the house-build­ing pro­gramme. The spin may be claim­ing that there are thou­sands of new homes on the way but in re­al­ity there were ac­tu­ally fewer than three dozen new homes an­nounced in the Bud­get. There is clearly an over-re­liance on the pri­vate sec­tor to meet so­cial hous­ing and this will do lit­tle to the tens of thou­sands of fam­i­lies on the ever-in­creas­ing wait­ing lists. Fine Gael must get over its ide­o­log­i­cal pho­bias and ac­cept the fact that a mas­sive so­cial house-build­ing pro­gramme is the only way to tackle the hous­ing and home­less­ness cri­sis.

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