From top: Tánaiste and former Minister for Housing Simon Coveney announcing funding as part of Rebuilding Ireland last year; Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at another announcement about the initiative earlier this year
Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, writes:
The [Rebuilding Ireland] plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021.
At that point, in July 2016, some 6,525 people were homeless. The average price of purchasing a home across the country was €215,000; in Dublin it was €314,311. The average rent had tipped €1,000 and there were fewer than 3,100 properties available to let nationwide.
Currently, there are 9,846 people homeless, according to the latest statistics. The average house price nationwide is €254,000; in Dublin it is €374,885.
The most recent figures show the average rent is €1,261 and there are 3,086 rental properties on the market.
Government Buildings. Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Sinn Féin TDs Eoin O Broin (centre left) and David Cullinane (right) and party members ‘celebrate’ the second anniversary of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’.