Government Buildings, Dublin 2.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan launching the ‘Housing For All’ 2021 progress report.
The Government said that the latest data indicated that it will likely meet or exceed targets for new homes in 2022.
Responding to questions from reporters, Mr Martin also took the opportunity to reignite an increasingly personal row with the Sinn Fein front bench.
Mr Martin lashed out in particular at the privately educated Sinn Fein housing spokesperson Eoin O Broin, as well as accusing the party of serially blocking housing developments on ideological grounds.
“There’s been very deliberative attempt by Sinn Fein to create a political narrative, in my view a fraudulent narrative, that members of the Government parties are some elite upper-class cabal who don’t understand the need for housing on the ground for ordinary people,” he said.
“It seems to be Sinn Fein is ruthlessly exploiting the housing crisis for electoral advantage.”