Under Fianna Fáil from 2007-2010, 14,581 new social housing units were constructed nationwide. By contrast under Fine Gael and Labour, from 2011 to end 2014, a paltry 1,252 housing units were constructed.
This government ignored the escalating housing crisis over the last four years, making the choice to systematically cut funding available for social housing construction by over 54% since 2010.
The low level of priority shown to social housing is a choice that this government made, not a legacy issue.
To put the low level of building into perspective, at a time when there are 130,000 households on the social housing waiting list nationwide, there were only 102 social housing units built by local authorities in 2014.
The average number of social housing units completed last year was just 3 per local authority. Shockingly, 11 local authorities have not completed a single social housing unit in almost three years.