Darragh O’Brien denies Government taking homes out of private market to boost social housing stock

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien denied the Government is taking homes out from the private market to boost its social and affordable homes stock.

“Absolutely not. And be very clear on this: the homes that are being delivered and we’ve targeted 9,100 new social homes, new builds … and we’ve an overall target of over 11,500, and I can tell you here that I predict we will attain that target, and that will be through a mix – the vast majority of new builds. There will be some acquisitions.

“Like the scheme that we brought in, the purchase of homes with tenants in situ. We’ve over 2,500 of those actually concluded already.”

He added: “Cost rental didn’t exist 20 months ago, we have now hundreds of cost-rental tenancies in place.

“In the month of November alone I approved 1,600 further ones, good, new apartment developments all across our cities in the country that we haven’t seen in 10-12 years. So, like there will be people who try to deny that progress, and that’s fine, that’s their job, but they’ve got to come up with alternatives and no alternatives have been brought forward.

“There is real progress being made and when we close out this year, and in quarter one next year, when we publish the figures, it will be there for everyone to see that real progress has been made under Housing for All.” – PA

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