Dáil debates

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

National Development Plan

10:30 am

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

When it comes to the State building social and affordable homes it is very clear now that the targets for 2023 are not going to be met in counties like Mayo. Indeed not a single house was delivered in Mayo in the first nine months of 2023.

Another crucial finding of the ESRI report is about the workforce and the need and potential use of the taxation system to redirect construction work. The report outlines how taxation can be used to move construction workers and companies away from activity such as office space, hotels and car parks and towards the building of homes. Sinn Féin has long put this forward as a solution to increase housing delivery, and we proposed this in the budget as well. Now that the idea is coming from the ESRI I hope the Minister will take it on board.

Did the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, share the report with the Minister for Finance, Deputy McGrath, before budget day?


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