Congress to give 'serious consideration' to Government's new Housing for All plan
2 Sep 2021
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said today (Sept 2) that it will “give very serious consideration and attention” to the proposals contained in the Government’s new Housing for All plan.
Speaking in response to the publication of the plan, Congress officer Macdara Doyle said: “We are in the midst of the deepest, most severe housing crisis in the history of the State, and this requires a response that is commensurate with the scale of that challenge.
“In that context, Congress notes the publication of the comprehensive new plan and will give it full and serious consideration, over the coming days.”
“On initial reading, the plan does appear to contain positive commitments in respect of ending homelessness, action on youth and family homelessness and ensuring greater social inclusion in housing policy, particularly with respect to Traveller accommodation.
“However more detail on implementation on these key issues will be required.
“Congress has consistently argued that the resolution of this crisis lies in a major State-led housing programme that delivers the public, affordable and cost rental homes in the right locations and in the numbers required, to meet the scale of existing need.
"In that context, we have significant concerns in respect of the targets set out in Housing for All on the provision of public, affordable, and cost rental homes and in relation to action to strengthen tenant protections from eviction,” Mr Doyle said.
We intend therefore to study the details of the Housing for All plan and offer our comprehensive response to Government in the coming days.