The Irish Greens support the government’s plan to build affordable housing for rent and purchase through a large investment in the Housing for All plan.

Minister Eamon Ryan, Green Party of Ireland leader and Teachta Dála for Dublin Bay South. Source: Eamon Ryan Facebook page.

Housing for All

The Housing for All plan consists of tackling the issues of homelessness, unaffordable housing and the overall lack of adequate housing in Ireland. The Irish government is seeking to eliminate homelessness by 2030. This commitment and goal stems from their signature of the Lisbon Declaration that committed Europe to combating homelessness in late June of this year.

The sustainable Housing for All plan will have four pathways. These include; supporting home ownership and increasing affordability, eradicating homelessness, increasing social housing delivery and social inclusion. The third pathway aims at increasing new housing supply. Lastly, the plan looks to address vacancy and efficiency use of existing stock.

Various first steps are needed to launch the plan and support each pathway such as increasing the supply of new housing to an annual average of minimum 33, 000 living spaces until 2030. Other steps include providing more than 10, 000 social homes each year by 2026.

The state investment that is included in Housing for All is equal to 12 billion euros until the year 2025. The detailed plan can be found here.

Reactions from the Irish Greens

Numerous elected representatives from the Green Party of Ireland have had positive reactions to Housing for All. Among them was the party’s spokesperson for housing, Francis Noel Duffy Teachta Dála. Duffy praised the precise steps contained in the plan and its ambitious objectives:

The plan aims to support home ownership and increase affordability, it sets ambitious aims to eradicate – not just reduce – homelessness.

Francis Noel Duffy TD, in a statement on the Green Party of Ireland’s website.

Steven Matthews TD, the party’s spokesperson for Planning and Local Government claims on the party’s website, that housing is one of Ireland’s most critical issues and that he welcomes the new plan:

Housing is the most critical issue in Ireland at the moment, spanning every sector of society and every age group. Housing for All is a suite of measures that will help deal with the affordability crisis, and Green Party objectives and housing policies are at the core of this plan.

Steven Matthews TD, in a statement on the Green Party of Ireland’s website.

All reactions from the Irish Greens demonstrate their support and relief for Housing for All. With the housing issue being described as critical in Ireland by the Irish Greens’ press release, the focus should shift to properly implement the first steps towards this sustainable and affordable housing plan.

Guy Vertinsky

Guy is currently pursuing a BA Honours in Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal. His main interest areas are Canadian and Latin American politics. He enjoys studying the political setting and dynamics of various group relations, movements and intergovernmental affairs. Guy is the current President of the Canadian Political Society of Concordia University. When he is not working or studying he enjoys traveling, playing sports and the great outdoors.

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