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Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Malcolm Byrne: As this is my maiden speech, I first thank the people of Wexford for the opportunity to represent them in this House. I got involved in politics for three core reasons. Those reasons, which relate to the State's obligations, continue to be important to me. The State must ensure people have access to education and training in order that they can realise their full potential; provide...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Alan Farrell: I congratulate the Deputy on his maiden contribution.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Mick Barry: I am sharing time with Deputies Bríd Smith and Gino Kenny. This debate is about housing solutions, so I will speak directly to that issue. The first solution is to build public housing on public land. Mel Reynolds, who is a housing commentator and expert, has said we have enough public lands in this State to build 114,000 public homes. The Government's plan for public lands depends...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Gino Kenny: The Government will have been in power for nine years come February. In that time, the housing crisis has become incrementally worse. If the Government was a business or any sort of commercial enterprise, it would be run out of town. However, we are not talking about a business but about people who have to endure a homelessness crisis that has been compounded by various phenomena and...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Séamus Healy: I have spoken about this issue in the Chamber on numerous occasions over recent years. I have presented a whole range of solutions to the housing and homelessness emergency that we have. I have supported a range of solutions put forward by other Opposition parties and individuals. I have produced my own Bill, the Housing Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2018, which was voted...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Jackie Cahill: Thankfully the housing crisis and the issues causing it are at the top of the agenda this week. Statistics have been quoted by all sides over recent days and they are irrefutable. The housing policy of Fine Gael and this Government since 2016, and the previous Fine Gael-led Government from 2011 to 2016, has been acknowledged as a failure. Unfortunately, ordinary people are suffering as a...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Ruth Coppinger: Fianna Fáil is doing a great job.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Jackie Cahill: Fianna Fáil is committed to facilitating and enabling home ownership. A strong affordability scheme is vital to securing that. Recent stories about first-time buyers struggling to access credit from banks highlight the need for greater State supports. Fianna Fáil supports the Central Bank rules and its independence. However, we need greater involvement from the Government in...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: We now move on to the Social Democrats and the Green Party. I call Deputy Catherine Murphy.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Catherine Murphy: I am sharing time with Deputy Healy.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Catherine Murphy: I said much of what I wanted to say today on Tuesday evening. On numerous occasions - during Leaders' Questions, Topical Issue debates and debates on motions and legislation we have introduced - I have outlined some of the things we believe need to be done. It is hugely disappointing that the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Murphy, did not pay attention to what...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Michael Harty: The topic is "housing solutions". I have spoken about a housing solution in the House on a number of occasions, that is, a rural or regional relocation scheme whereby families in areas of high pressure are offered the opportunity to relocate to an area of lower pressure. In rural Ireland in particular, there are many towns and villages that have a large amount of vacant property which could...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Paul Murphy: I have just left the protest taking place in front of and at the back of Leinster House. Those who organised the protest are ordinary people who have jobs and plenty of things to be doing. They have done far more through their activity and organising to address the housing crisis than this Government has done, even though that is supposed to be its job. To give a warning to the Government,...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Ruth Coppinger: People are hanging coats on the Ha'penny Bridge at present. A message has been left with them which says, "If you need one then please take one ... If you want to help, please hang one up". People are so desperate and hopeless about Government solutions that they are using self-help and working class solidarity as the only way to do something. The same solidarity has thousands of people...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Tommy Broughan: "Some days I don’t even want to wake up because I don’t want to face this day ... I am tired in school. Some days I would just sit there and not even smile". This quote is from a ten year old girl who is living in a family hub. Hubs, of course, are Fine Gael’s housing solution for every region of the country. A position paper by the faculties of public health medicine...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Damien English: I have.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Jan O'Sullivan: I had it with me on the most recent occasion we debated this matter. The Labour Party has proposed the provision of 80,000 social and affordable homes over a five-year period at a cost of €16 billion. Our document outlines from where the money would come. On the use of public land, I am convinced there is an ideological policy that requires local authorities to use the majority of...

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Damien English: That is the case on large sites.

Housing Solutions: Statements (5 Dec 2019)

Jan O'Sullivan: We need clarity in that regard because there are many tracts of public land for which the council could very quickly put out a tender for one or more builders to come in and get on with using the land. I ask the Minister of State to address that issue in his reply. Many Deputies have referred to the Ó Cualann model whereby a voluntary co-operative housing association has been able...

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