Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has implored the Minister for Housing to publish the long-awaited review on social housing which has languished in his Department since 2016.

 Deputy Scanlon commented, “Delays in the publication of this report on social housing is hitting families who cannot secure housing.

 “I have met with so many young people in my constituency who are struggling to secure a mortgage or a home through the local authority. These people are caught in a trap in which they earn too much to be eligible for social housing but not enough to get mortgage approval.

 “It is an immensely frustrating situation for people who are often paying more in rent than what they would pay in mortgage repayments. Showing the ability to consistently pay high rent should be considered when applying for a mortgage.

 “Other schemes are running out of funding, first time buyers are competing with vulture funds, and thresholds are limiting. It is a stark situation if trying to become a home owner.

 “There are problems with the Tennant Purchase Scheme, restricting families from staying in their own homes. The Minister must address these issues and ensure people have a chance to live in their own home,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.