Housing Construction Not Meeting Demand - SF

The latest construction figures show that not enough housing is being built to meet demand, Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis has said.

Deputy Ellis said that the figures show that it is "all the more obvious" that the state must intervene in the housing crisis with major capital investment on an annual basis.

"We already have severe shortage of housing for poor and low income earners particularly in Dublin. Construction had seen some increase on the worst days of the crisis but in the last year and slowed again," Deputy Ellis said.

"In Dublin just over 2000 homes have been built so far in 2015 while the Housing Agency projects that we will need to build a minimum of 8000 homes a year in the capital to meet demand.

"The number of social housing units being built is even more alarming with government plans for just 1750 by the end of 2017 across the state and just 168 in Dublin in that time.

"This slow down of private construction and the practical non-existence social housing construction will only lead to continuation of the rent increases we have seen in recent years. The states rents have gone up 35% since 2011. This will lead to more deprivation, more hardship and ultimately more families becoming homeless and staying homeless.

"We need major investment in social housing construction on an annual basis building at least 7000 social housing units a year. We also need rent regulation and rent certainty to stabilise the market as well as an increase in rent supplement in order to keep tenants at risk of homelessness in their home."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 January 2020
20-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Abduction Of 69-Year-Old Woman
A 20-year-old has appeared at Dublin District Court charged in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman in Dublin. The woman, 69, was attacked from behind on the morning of Monday, 06 January, as she walked on Blackhorse Avenue.
20 December 2019
Renewed Appeal For Missing 13-Year-Old Chantelle Doyle
Gardaí have renewed an appeal for help in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Chantelle Doyle. The teenager was last seen in the vicinity of Dublin Airport on Saturday 14 December 2019. Chantelle is described as being approximately 5 foot 2 inches in height with a slight build, long brown hair and blue eyes.
02 December 2019
Appeal Issued For Missing 13-Year-Old Sebastiana Paun
Gardaí have issued an appeal for help in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Sebastiana Paun from Coolock, Dublin. The teenager was last seen at approximately 9am on Saturday 30/11/2019 when she left her family home in Coolock. She is described as 5' 7'' in height, with long dark hair and brown eyes.
29 November 2019
'Year Of Shame And Failure' For Fine Gael On Health Service
2019 has been described as a "year of shame and failure" for Fine Gael when it comes to the health service.
08 April 2014
Housing Report Underlines 'Need For Action'
The recent report from the Housing Agency, which showed that almost 40,000 new homes will be needed in Dublin over the next four years, underlines the need for action to address the housing crisis, Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has said.