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Jackie Cahill

Published 1 year ago 11th September 2021 by Editor

Fianna Fáil’s Housing for All to deliver 300,000 new homes by 2030

The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes by 2030 under plans unveiled this week by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien. This has been welcomed by local Fianna Fáil T.D. Jackie Cahill as the most comprehensive, ambitious and far-ranging housing policy in the history of the state.

Speaking following the launch of ‘Housing for All’ by Fianna Fáil Minister Darragh O’Brien this week, Cahill said: “I am delighted to welcome Minister Darragh O’Brien’s Housing for All policy. From guarantees surrounding the building of one off rural houses to the considerable expansion in state-built social housing for our local authorities, to a particular focus on genuinely affordable housing, I am proud to see Fianna Fáil returning to what we have always done so well: building houses.

The plan, which is fully costed up to 2030, will see record investment of €4billion annually for the construction of 300,000 homes in total, including 90,000 social homes, 36,000 affordable homes, and 18,000 cost rental homes, which Cahill believes is “proof of Fianna Fáil returning to what the Party has always done so successfully, building houses forall”.

Cahill also received confirmation from the Department of Housing this week, following enquiries to senior officials that one off rural housing will continue to be a key part of housing delivery.

He said: “I am pleased to learn from senior officials in the Department of Housing that new draft guidelines on rural housing are due out in October, following which will be a period of public consultation on them, before the final guidelines are published. I am very confident that this will ensure planning permissions will continue to be given for rural one-off homes, which is a particularly important issue for many people contacting me on a weekly basis.

“The chapter on housing in the Fianna Fáil manifesto from the 2020 General Election was entitled ‘Housing for All’ and we have now seen a Fianna Fáil Housing Minister launch a Housing for All policy that genuinely seeks to correct the inaction of the past ten years in housing”, the Thurles man said.

“A core focus of this policy is around affordable housing. Successive governments over the last ten years have completely failed to build houses that ordinary people the length and breadth of this country can afford. That will change with this policy and we will unlock access to housing for a generation that has so far been locked out of buying their own homes. The Fianna Fáil TD continued to say: “This is a whole of government approach to tackling the number one issue facing our country at the moment and it is genuine and tangible proof that Fianna Fáil is fully and utterly committed to solving the housing crises. This is without a doubt the most comprehensive, ambitious, forward-thinking and far- ranging housing policy that we have ever had in the history of the state. “My Party has a proud history of providing housing for everyone in society who needs a home. We have done so virtually since the foundation of the state, right through the 1940s and 50s when the country had much less resources than we do today. We will do it again over the next decade as we develop an Ireland for All with Housing for All”, Cahill concluded.

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