Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien is refusing to say how much social housing will be delivered by the end of the year

Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien said he would not speculate on how many newly built affordable or council housing will be delivered by the end of this year.

I’m not going to speculate on where we’ll be at the end of the year because we’re not at the end of the year yet,” he said.

“We’re going to have very strong shipments in the last quarter and up very significantly from what we shipped last year and last year. We will deliver affordable housing for the first time in almost a generation.

“Our overall target for the provision of social housing across all our supply streams is in the range of 10,500 and I remain confident that we can meet that overall target.”

Presenting the Peter McVerry Trust’s annual report, the Minister also said the Government was “assessing” cases of mass evictions across Dublin as more landlords exit the market.

“I know the problem that over 100 residents in Dublin have. We are currently reviewing this situation to see what, if anything, the government can do to help,” he said.

Under the Tyrrelstown Amendment, a landlord cannot terminate 10 or more leases or units within a single development over a six month period with the intent to sell the property. However, the law does not apply if the landlord proves “unfair hardship”.

“We are looking specifically at this scheme and the implications,” Mr O’Brien said of the change.

He said work is underway between the government and the Attorney General to revise planning legislation so housing projects can move forward more efficiently.

The minister is expected to bring the bill to the cabinet before the Christmas break.

“It will be the most significant revision of planning legislation since the 2000 Planning Act. I’ll bring a memo out of the bill before Christmas, before recess,” he said.

“We’ve basically done five years of work in about 12 months and it will be significant changes that we can enable to ensure projects that the state needs, both housing and strategic infrastructure, can move forward more efficiently while the rights of residents are fully respected and citizens to make their views known through the planning process.

“This bill will be brought before the Cabinet before the end of this year and I intend to move the bill through the House early in the first quarter if I get Cabinet approval.”

The minister said there was “no question” that there had been a shortage of social housing over the past 10 to 12 years, but he was confident the government would meet its target of 10,500 social housing this year.

Mr O’Brien said there is a “step change” in terms of housing provision this year.

“We will deliver more public housing, new build and other housing completions this year than we have done in decades,” he said.

“The situation is far from perfect, I’ve said that, and I’m very aware of the challenges, but I’m also absolutely confident that the Housing For All plan is now in place.

“We’ll never turn that around in two years, no question, but I’m positive the plan has taken hold. We have a good pipeline going into next year.”

The government has set a target of building 24,600 new homes, both public and private, by 2022.

“We will significantly exceed that target this year,” added Mr. O’Brien.

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/dublin-news/housing-minister-darragh-obrien-refuses-to-say-how-many-social-homes-will-be-delivered-by-end-of-year-42128597.html Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien is refusing to say how much social housing will be delivered by the end of the year

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