Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government regards the issue of housing as its “number one priority” and that it will be doing everything it possibly can to provide housing for people https://t.co/RCpt5G3mSb
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Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Arriving earlier for a cabinet meeting were, from top:From top Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan; Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
Mr Martin said that over the next five years over 50,000 social housing units will be built.
The Taoiseach added that the Government needs to do more in providing affordable housing and to give first-time buyers priority in the marketplace.
He said the immediate issue is to deal with the issue of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and their impact on first-time buyers…
Meanwhile…on a suggestion by the OECD yesterday that the country needs to reconsider the introduction of domestic water charges,…
…the Taoiseach said the Government will not be “going back” and trying to reintroduce water charges.
Mr Martin said the Government have been investing strongly in water infrastructure and will continue to do so, but that water charges “will not be coming back“.
Climate minister Eamon Ryan had said “we will not be going back to the water charges issue” and that the Oireachtas all-party committee has a plan in relation to water infrastructure and will “stick to that”
Earlier: A Limerick A Day