Promises broken and targets missed in worsening crisis
In July last year, Tánaiste and then minister for housing Simon Coveney promised he would get families out of unsuitable emergency accommodation in hotels and B&Bs around the country. Latest figures show there are 9,872 were living in emergency accommodation.
The number of homeless people has risen by 24% since June 2017 when Eoghan Murphy was appointed as Housing Minister. Despite consistent pledges by Minister Murphy to tackle the issue, the numbers have continued to rise.
Some Government schemes have failed to reach their targets of getting
homes into the market. At the end of 2017 the Government missed its target of building 1,000 rapid-build homes, delivering just 208.
The Government has pledged to build or acquire more than 100,000 social housing units by 2021 as part of its pledge to tackle the housing crisis – there are currently 85,799 households on the social housing waiting list.
The Government is sitting on vast tracts of land – a total of 334 sites – that are lying idle across the country. Earlier this year the National Economic and Social Council urged the State to look at lands in its possession as possible locations to build social housing.
AWAY: Eoghan Murphy