The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

State – that’s all of us – owns a huge land bank suit­able for hous­ing. But in­stead of build­ing those houses and mak­ing them avail­able as ei­ther so­cial or af­ford­able homes, Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar wants the new Land De­vel­op­ment Agency to share the ben­e­fits with pri­vate de­vel­op­ers.

All of which proves that Leo Varad­kar, Eoghan Mur­phy and Fine Gael gen­er­ally hate the no­tion of the State sup­ply­ing houses to peo­ple who can’t af­ford to buy them at ex­or­bi­tant, ‘open-mar­ket’ prices.

They just don’t ‘get’ it. So­cial hous­ing is a con­cept that sticks in their craw. It’ll never hap­pen, not prop­erly, un­der their watch and the suf­fer­ing and alien­ation will con­tinue.

And this is the crowd that Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil – the party that can rightly claim credit for hous­ing the na­tion in even more chal­leng­ing times – are keep­ing in power.

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