Government must launch ambitious affordable housing programme in Balbriggan – Louise O’Reilly TD

January 30, 2019 0

Louise O’Reilly TD has called for an Affordable Housing Scheme for the Castleland Site in Balbriggan, commenting on a report by financial services group Friends First, which predicts further rise in house prices by 10% this year in Fingal  Deputy O’Reilly said:

TD Louise O'Reilly

TD Louise O’Reilly

“The latest report on the housing market predicts a further rise in prices by 10% in Fingal This is unsustainable. The upcoming Masterplan for Castlelands, Balbriggan will include housing, there is a need for an Affordable Housing Scheme to form a large part of housing proposed on the Castleland Site”

“This government is indifferent to the plight of those struggling to afford a home. Many couples & families are contacting my colleague Cllr Malachy Quinn in our office in Balbriggan, who are earning above the limit to be eligible for Social housing but not enough to attain a mortgage. An Affordable Housing is needed to assist these people.

“This is not how a functioning housing market behaves. People are desperate.

“Despite programme for government commitments to roll out an affordable scheme nothing yet has materialised. The Rebuilding Ireland loan scheme does nothing to make the price of houses in Balbriggan & surrounding areas more affordable and with a limit of €320,000 most homes in Fingal where the problem is most acute are too expensive, but 151 applications have been made with 51 approved to date, this goes to prove that young families in Fingal are desperate for an affordable scheme to begin”

“I find it astonishing that the government is not listening to warnings from industry on this issue, never mind from Sinn Féin and NGOs working in the sector.

“Minister Murphy needs to make the roll out of an affordable housing scheme an absolute priority for the upcoming Dáil term.  He has been in the job long enough to know what needs to be done.

“Sinn Féin is happy to meet with him and his officials to explore how our costed Budget 2018 proposals can be progressed. We have outlined how affordable homes can be delivered within the fiscal space on state land in Castlelands, Hacketstown, Donabate & Damastown.

“We allocated €428m for 2018 to kickstart an affordable housing programme that would deliver 4,500 genuinely affordable homes to rent and to purchase. This government have delivered zero affordable homes in 2018, Young Couples & families in Balbriggan cannot wait any longer – the Castleland Masterplan must include an Affordable Housing Scheme that will provide an opportunity for the purchase of homes realistic”

“Any further unsustainable rise in house prices is not a symptom of a booming economy. It just highlights how unstable the housing market is.

“Minister Murphy needs to pull his head out of the sand and urgently address the housing needs of a huge and growing cohort of people who cannot afford to live in Balbriggan & its surrounding towns & Villages”