Can the putative Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party coalition finally tackle the housing crisis? Not on the basis of the draft programme for government published this week.
The housing section of the programme, titled Housing for All, runs to six pages and contains 76 commitments.
Taken together they constitute a reheating of the outgoing Governments housing plan, Rebuilding Ireland, along with some vague and contradictory promises, few of which are new.
The document claims to ‘put affordability at the heart of the housing system’. Yet remarkably the section on affordable home ownership contains no targets, no definitions and no plan.
This is all the more remarkable given that the outgoing Fine Gael government have been working on a new affordable housing scheme for the last four years. Fianna Fáil’s manifesto pledge of 50,000 affordable homes over five years has also vanished.
Absent too is Micheal Martin’s election promise to
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