Fianna Fáil Question Fine Gael Commitment To Dealing With Housing Crisis

Fianna Fáil has questioned the commitment of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe's, to dealing with the housing crisis.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, Barry Cowen, made the comments after Minister Donohoe attempted to "brush aside" questions on national radio regarding his approach to dealing with the housing crisis.

Deputy Cowen said: "Minister Donohoe is clearly unable to stand over his Government's track record on dealing with the housing crisis. This is unsurprising considering that their track record is, to be frank, appalling. The Government has consistently failed to deliver on its own commitments made in the Rebuilding Ireland programme and there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency in wanting to deal with this crisis.

"Take for example Minister Donohoe's commitment to make funding available to help build affordable homes. In his budget speech on 10th October 2017 Minister Donohoe committed to establishing a Home Building Finance Ireland fund to help provide affordable housing. This €750m fund was a key demand made by Fianna Fáil in the run up to the budget. It was announced by Minister Donohoe with the kind of fanfare and spin that we have come accustomed to under Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's Government.

"However we're now approaching June 2018 and we are still waiting for this fund to be established. Minister Donohoe has recently said that he intends publishing the legislation to give effect to the fund in the coming weeks. It's ominous that this legislation hasn't been published yet and that the Minister can't even give a firm date for its unveiling. Similarly, Minister Donohoe added he is hopeful that the legislation can be passed by the summer recess. His language doesn't inspire much confidence.

"Serious questions need to be asked regarding this Government's commitment to dealing with the housing crisis," he said.

"It's astonishing that we are still waiting for the Government to publish legislation to give effect to one of the key Budget 2018 commitments. The housing crisis is having a detrimental impact on the lives of people right across Ireland yet Fine Gael continue to put the issue on the backburner," concluded Deputy Cowen.


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 February 2019
Ministers Urged To Address Delayed Health Projects
The Ministers for Health and Public Expenditure must outline exactly which health projects are to be delayed due to the overun at the National Children's Hospital.
15 January 2016
New €50m State-Of-The-Art Bus Éireann Fleet Launched
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, has officially launched Bus Éireann's new €50 million 'fleet of the future'. Funding for 116 new vehicles was provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport via the National Transport Authority (NTA).
28 January 2016
More Than €100m Secured For Flood Damaged Roads
More than €100 million has been announced for local authorities to carry out repairs on roads damaged by the recent flooding.
17 September 2014
Environment Minister Urged To Rule Out Prefab Housing
The Environment Minister Alan Kelly has been asked to clarify reports that prefab housing is being considered as a response to the housing crisis.
26 January 2015
Aer Lingus Considers New Takeover Proposal
Aer Lingus is considering a new takeover offer from International Airlines Group (IAG). The improved offer was revealed in a statement made by the airline to the Stock Exchange this morning, which stated it had received a new offer of €2.55 per share and it was being considered by the board. The offer values the company at about €1.3 billion.