Local authority social housing new builds abysmally low

April 24, 2018

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD has criticised as abysmally small the number of homes built by local authorities last year.

Deputy Murphy was commenting on the latest Department of Housing figures which show a total of 780 new build completions by local authorities throughout the country in 2017.

Deputy Murphy said:

“These figures show just how far off the mark the government is when it makes claims about the number of social and affordable homes being built. The Department of Housing’s own figures for last year show that local authorities built a total of 780 houses. That’s a long way off the 1,014 which Minister Eoghan Murphy last week said that local authorities had built in 2017. It beggars belief that the Minister does not appear to even be in command of the facts on the ground.

Deputy Murphy added:

“Even the top performing local authorities are turning out abysmally small numbers of houses compared to the growing numbers of families in housing need. The figures show that only four houses were built in Cork city, 99 in Fingal, and 197 in Dublin city. Some counties are barely reaching into double digits for builds, while in Wicklow, South Dublin, Clare, Leitrim and Laois not a single social house was built last year.

“These figures clearly demonstrate why the housing crisis is getting ever worse – local authority construction is happening at snail’s pace. We need to see a much faster delivery of new build houses as well as more ambitious local authority targets backed up with adequate resources.”

ENDS

24 April 2018