Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen says new figures released today which reveal that housing supply hit its lowest level on record at the beginning of this month serves to highlight this Government’s complete failure in housing.

The report from also highlighted the fact that rents rose by an average of 9% in 2015.

The candidate for Offaly explained, “This report confirms what we have been saying for months.  This Government hit the breaks on building homes and has now plunged the country into a national crisis.  Fine Gael and Labour ignored all the warning signs and have the arrogance to attempt to shift the blame on to Fianna Fáil.

“The fact of the matter is this Government took its eye of the ball, neglected to plan ahead and failed to build houses and apartments.  As a result we have a shortage of rental properties with huge rents being requested, a massive social housing waiting list and a homelessness crisis unlike anything that has gone before.

“Fine Gael and Labour have completely mismanaged the housing situation and have demonstrated with absolute clarity that they cannot be trusted.  In contrast Fianna Fáil has put forward a fully costed, independently assessed alternative for housing.  We will build 150,000 new homes by 2021 including 45,000 new social housing units.  Unlike what has gone before, we will ensure that housing will be a priority under Fianna Fáil”.