Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Pat Casey has criticised the Government for failing to get to grips with the housing crisis.

Deputy Casey made the comments after obtaining new information which shows that the waiting list for social housing in Wicklow has increased yet again. The number of people on the housing waiting list stood at 2,511 in 2016. The figure increased to 2,601 in 2017.

In addition, the number of people waiting for a home across the country for over seven years has also increased by 7.3%.

Commenting on the figures Deputy Casey said, “These figures are a damning indictment of Fine Gael’s failure to get to grips with the housing crisis.

“Since 2011 only 6,000 new social houses have been built across the entire country. It’s been over two years since Fine Gael promised to deliver an additional 30,000 new homes through the Re-Building Ireland programme. Yet despite these promises the waiting list here in Wicklow is still going up to record highs.

“It’s clear that the Government needs to re-assess its policy and get bricks and mortar in the ground. A new Housing Delivery Agency, additional capital funding and an expanded 20% Part V must be used to increase social housing to 10,000 per annum,“ concluded Deputy Casey.