Fianna Fáil has sought clarity on the reasons for the low level of NAMA properties transferred for social housing to date.

In reply to questions from Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen in the Dáil today, the Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan confirmed that only 443 homes have been transferred from NAMA for social housing.  That’s represents just over 10% of the 4,319 homes identified by NAMA for transfer.

Deputy Cowen said, “There are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for social housing.  The 4,319 homes that NAMA has identified from its property portfolio would go some way to providing homes to those most in need.  People will be struggling to understand why so few of these have been allocated for social housing to date.

“In reply to my questions in the Dáil today, Minister O’Sullivan said that more than half of the homes identified by NAMA were ‘unsuitable’ for social housing.  I am seeking clarity from the Minister about why 2,419 homes have been deemed unsuitable.  We need to know if this is down to geography and logistics, or if it is because of the standard or specifications of the property.

“4,500 social housing units are to be made available next year.  But the Government has failed outline how it plans to accelerate the abysmally slow transfer of properties from NAMA.  So people are left wondering, where will these new units come from?”

“A more vigorous effort must be made to free up dormant NAMA properties for the tens of thousands of families who are in need of a home.  There is no sense in suitable properties sitting empty while so many people wait to be housed,” said Deputy Cowen.