Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Michael Kitt TD, has called on Environment Minister Alan Kelly to clarify whether prefab buildings are really being considered as the response to the housing crisis.
Deputy Kitt was reacting to speculation that Dublin City Council is considering offering families that have nowhere to live the option of prefabricated accommodation.
He commented: “I was shocked to read comments by Dublin City Council that they are considering providing accommodation for families in prefab buildings. Currently many schools throughout the country have prefab buildings to deal with increased student numbers. In many situations, even as a classroom, prefab buildings are unsuitable. I find it incomprehensible that these would be considered as a serious response to the housing crisis.
“Environment Minister Alan Kelly should immediately rule out prefab buildings as the answer to this crisis. If this is on the agenda, it is illustrative of the utter failure of Government to take the problem seriously.
“Fianna Fáil has put forward a number of initiatives in our National Housing Strategy that I would urge the Minister Kelly to take on board.
“For instance Part 5 teams need to be established to ensure that 20% of all new housing developments are set aside for social housing. NAMA transfer units should also be set-up at each local authority to identity and oversee their adaption for social housing. Also the Vacant Home Refurbishment Scheme should be opened up to a large number of vacant homes to families on social housing lists.
“There is a genuine housing crisis in this country. We need more permanent homes to be built and we need a Government that starts to take the issue seriously.”