Min­is­ters say pri­vate builds will fix cri­sis

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

SE­NIOR Govern­ment min­is­ters now ac­knowl­edge that the pri­vate sec­tor, rather than coun­cils and hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, hold the key to re­solv­ing Ire­land’s hous­ing cri­sis.

It comes as Hous­ing Min­is­ter Eoghan Mur­phy has launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on coun­cils say­ing many don’t un­der­stand the ur­gency of the cri­sis.

He also said: ‘Some coun­cils are do­ing all the heavy lift­ing when it comes to tack­ling home­less­ness whilst oth­ers act as if it is not their prob­lem.’ Mr Mur­phy, who is re­view­ing his pre­de­ces­sor Si­mon Coveney’s Re­build­ing Ire­land hous­ing strat­egy, told the Mail on Sun­day: ‘We have to build new houses, of course we do. Un­lock­ing sup­ply is the key to over­com­ing many of the hous­ing chal­lenges we face.’

It’s be­lieved the State aims to cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion where hous­ing can be ac­cessed at a third of a per­son’s in­come.

Mr Mur­phy also said va­cant homes must be brought back into use.

One se­nior govern­ment source said: ‘If we are re­ally se­ri­ous about build­ing we should con­tact be­tween four and five top builders like Sean Mul­ryan, tell them we are re­build­ing 10,000 houses there, there, there and there and say what do you want to do it?’

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