Fianna Fáil bye-election candidate for Carlow – Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has said the latest housing announcement by the Government has been overshadowed by concerns raised over a lack of detail accompanying the plan.
Mr Aylward said, “This latest housing announcement by the Government is just another rehash of previous plans launched in November. That plan is yet to deliver one single home for people in Kilkenny.
“Significant questions remain for the families on housing waiting lists in Kilkenny following this announcement. Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has said construction of the houses will get underway without delay. However when contacted by my office, Kilkenny County Council were unable to provide any new timeline for when construction will actually commence.
“Minister Kelly must clarify if the houses earmarked for Kilkenny have received approval for planning permission, and if the necessary money has been allocated to the council to allow construction to get underway. The Minister must also outline when exactly construction of these houses will start, and when it is planned that the first families will be able to move in to their new homes.
“Despite the Government having already launched numerous plans for more housing, not one new home has been delivered by Fine Gael and Labour in Kilkenny. People will be forgiven for thinking that this is merely another pre-election stunt considering a bye-election is now just over a couple of weeks away.
“The time has come for the Government to be upfront with its housing plan for Kilkenny. People need reliable timelines and not just more rehashing of previous announcements. Fianna Fáil has already published much more extensive plans to build 45,000 social housing units by 2021 and 100,000 new private homes as part of plans to radically increase the housing supply.”