Fine Gael Minister for Housing Simon Coveney
For the day that’s in it.
The team behind the building and construction forum BRegs Blog writes:
The Government’s Housing Action Plan is due to be published today, All eyes will be focused on what the Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney T.D. proposes to resolve Ireland’s chronic housing problem.
The programme for Government undertook to prepare a response to the housing shortage within 100 days which will be achieved. On 14 April 2016, the Dáil agreed to establish a Special Committee – the Committee on Housing and Homelessness – to review the implications of the problems of housing and homelessness and to make recommendations in that regard.
The Committee had its first meeting on 20 April 2016 and launched its final report to the Dáil on 17 June 2016. It will be interesting to see which recommendations survive in the Housing Minister’s Plan (very few it seems judging by the kite flying in the leaked report last week).
Will it be more pandering to vested interests in the construction sector that seem to have a huge influence on Department officials at the Custom House?
At this stage, 18 months after the housing crisis went mainstream there is a very informed media waiting to judge the new Housing Minister. If Minister Coveney thought the heat might be off him by launching the plan during the traditional annual builders’ holiday period, when most of the construction professionals also take leave, he may be disappointed. All media eyes seem to be clearly trained today on examining what these proposals are.
On what looks to be the hottest day of the year and possibly a record breaker in temperatures reached it seems the heat’s on for the Housing Minister!
We wish Minister Coveney all the best and hope that he can come up with the goods today. As always we would like to receive your feedback on the Housing Plan as published to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, in today’s Herald…
Via BRegs Blog
Watch Minister Coveney deliver his proposals live in the link above.