According to figure released to Fianna Fáil in the Dáil this week, the provision of social housing in Meath has dropped to a trickle under this government, with no new social housing provided at all in 2013 or 2014.
In total, 14 new social houses have been provided by this Government in their term of office in Meath. This contrasts with 407 provided under the last Fianna Fáil Government from 2007-2010.
“The mantra from the Government is that social housing provision stopped with the last Government. If fact, the opposite is the case, it has stopped with this Government and the housing crisis has escalated.
“The few houses that are being promised for Meath are welcome, but won’t be delivered till next year at the earliest. They are needed now.
“I am also extremely concerned about a huge number of private tenants in pretty precarious tenancies who are not on the social housing list. I am coming across many tenants receiving notice to quit after living in private rented houses for many years and after having established a family. Many of these tenants previously felt pretty secure and did not enter the social housing list. They now find themselves on the receiving end of a notice to quit and bottom of the queue for the tiny amount of social housing available.
“Fianna Fáil has produced an alternative housing policy to immediately deliver a very substantial amount of housing, through direct Government funding, the Strategic Investment Bank and by insisting that developers make a full 20% contribution which this Government has watered down completely” concluded Senator Byrne