On RTÉ Radio One’s Late Debate, presented by Sarah McInerney.
The panel was: John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform; Dr Rory Hearne, of Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute; Fianna Fail TD for Kildare North James Lawless; Jennifer Bray, Deputy Political Editor of the Times Ireland edition and Emmet Ryan, business and technology reported at the Sunday Business Post.
During an item on housing, Dr Hearne (again) laid out steps he believes would help ease the housing crisis.
He added that the local authorities in Dublin have enough land to build 20,000 houses and, elsewhere across Ireland, local authorities have enough land to build 40,000 houses.
Dr Hearne asked: “Why is that public land not being used to build affordable houses?”
Mr Phelan went on to give updates on the most recent quarter – saying commencements are up 40 per cent, planning applications are up 20 per cent and that planning laws have been changed.
Dr Hearne specifically asked Mr Phelan how many of these new home will be affordable housing for people on an average wage.
After a pause, Mr Phelan responded: “I don’t know.”
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