Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says affordability is the main reason people are unable to find a secure home – to buy or to rent.  She’s accused the Housing Minister of failing to tackle the real issues and get to the heart of the housing crisis.

Deputy Smyth explained, “Fine Gael have been in government for over seven years now and in that time, the housing situation has spiralled out of control.  Three successive Ministers have been unable to get a handle on it, and despite a series of plans and strategies, the problem does not appear to be abating.

“While the problem was initially contained to the large cities and towns, it has now spread right across the country.  The lack of supply is having a knock-on effect on prices and affordability and families across Cavan and Monaghan are being caught up in the crisis.

“There is a serious lack of affordable homes either to rent or to buy across the two counties.  We need more public homes to come on stream, however it now looks likely that the government will fail to deliver more units in 2018 than it did last year.  That’s 800 for the whole country – not nearly enough, when there are almost 10,000 people classified as homeless.

“I have had many families contact me, frustrated that they do not qualify for the Rebuilding Ireland homeloan, but can also not get a mortgage to the value that they need.  There are others who simply cannot afford to save a deposit because of the high rents they’re paying.

“Building homes for people isn’t rocket science. The State has done it in the past and can do it again if the political will is there.  The government must put the PR announcements to one side and focus on delivering for the people”.