Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has slated the Government’s abysmal record on delivering new homes and says it undermines any new promises that it makes on the issue.

Deputy Cowen said, “Fine Gael are in Government for over 7 years now yet they have only built 5,000 social homes despite the country being in the midst of a housing crisis. Minister Murphy does not even know how many homes were built in total in 2017. The capital budget allocation for social housing is still 24% below 2008 levels when the social housing waiting list was substantially smaller.

“The NPF and NDP envisage 1 million more people living in this county and over 500,000 new homes. However it is difficult to take Fine Gael’s commitments on housing seriously considering their abysmal record of delivery to date. They have presided over an unprecedented housing crisis which has resulted in spiralling rents, a massive increase in homelessness and home ownership being put out of reach of ordinary people.

“Fine Gael have launched at least 4 housing policies which is more than the amount of new social homes that they have built in some counties last year. There is an abysmal record of delivery compared to what was been promised. The new plans are a mix of re-heated promises by a Government that has continually under delivered. What is needed now is actual bricks and mortar in the ground and not more Government spin.”