Responding to today’s Budget 2019 announcement, Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien, the party Spokesperson on Housing has said, “The scale of the emergency in housing represents the most critical challenge facing our country.

“An immeasurable number of prospective homeowners are skimping and saving for a deposit, to be left renting at extortionate costs. It’s hardly the vision that any of us imagined for the generations to come. The true strength of a State rests on every citizen having a clear stake in it and owning your own home is the most direct way of bridging that link.

“Securing an affordable housing package over €300m, to be rolled out over the next three years, will provide approximately 6,000 new homes nationwide which will be made available by eligible first time buyers. Our party makes no apologies for fighting for the establishment of an Affordable Housing Scheme in today’s Budget.

“I am pleased that despite the Fine Gael’s failure to support our Dáil motion earlier this year, that today they have recognised the potential of a comprehensive Affordable Housing Scheme.

“Today marks a breakthrough in achieving An Ireland for All and will give hope to working people. The work towards restoring the dream of home ownership for an entire generation needs to begin immediately.”