Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson and Dublin Bay North TD, Cian O’Callaghan, has expressed alarm at the latest social housing output figures.

Deputy O’Callaghan said:

“The Government set a target to build 7,736 social homes in 2020. In the first half of the year, they reached less than 10% of that target, building just 725.

“This is a shocking level of under-delivery. Needless to say, Covid-19 has had a significant impact, but this is the third year in a row that the Government has missed its own target for building new social homes.

“We cannot allow this to continue. Thousands of people in this State are homeless. This housing crisis will only end if the Government builds new homes.

“We need a significantly increased investment in social housing in next week’s Budget. People deserve a Government that can deliver for them – today’s figures show that this Government cannot.”

October 7, 2020

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