Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North Frank O’Rourke says the housing crisis is being exacerbated due to a lack of infrastructure to facilitate construction.

Deputy O’Rourke made the comments after raising the issue in the Dáil with Minister for Housing Simon Coveney.

“It has been well acknowledged that we need to construct housing in desirable areas in order to tackle the current accommodation crisis. There are a number of areas in Kildare where planning has been granted, but construction is delayed because the necessary infrastructure such as ring-roads are not yet in place. In some cases the construction of housing has been delayed for in excess of three years,” said Deputy O’Rourke.

“The Government needs to focus on developing the necessary infrastructure to allow housing construction to begin where planning permission has been granted and outstanding appeals dealt with. We can’t allow a situation to develop where new houses are constructed without the necessary infrastructure in place, this will only create further problems in the future. In particular the Government should improve public transport services between Kildare and Dublin, which will help make the county more attractive for commuters.

“An effort also needs to be made to tackle the slow pace in completing the construction of new housing estates. In some instances construction grinds to a halt before the final works have been completed. I’ve asked Minister Coveney to examine irregularities in the planning code to ensure this problem is addressed. It’s not acceptable to have people living in half-finished estates,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.