Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the Respond social housing development in Balgriffin, Dublin 13 yesterday; New Build activity in the second quarter of 2020
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has published the Q2 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, outlining the delivery of social housing across the country.
It states that, at the end of the second quarter of 2020, fewer than a thousand homes were delivered under ‘New Build activity’.
Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson and Dublin Bay North TD, Cian O’Callaghan, said:
“The Government set a target to build 7,736 social homes in 2020. In the first half of the year, they reached less than 10% of that target, building just 725.
“This is a shocking level of under-delivery. Needless to say, Covid-19 has had a significant impact, but this is the third year in a row that the Government has missed its own target for building new social homes.
“We cannot allow this to continue. Thousands of people in this State are homeless. This housing crisis will only end if the Government builds new homes.”