Offaly election hopeful calls for urgent action on housing
Independent local election candidate Joe Wynne is calling for stronger action at both local and national level to address the country's ever-growing housing crisis.
Speaking on the subject this week, Mr Wynne stressed that "good intentions alone will no longer suffice, but rather definite, decisive action is now required as a matter of urgency."
"Nobody wants to see anyone living on the street, or young couples fighting almost impossible battles to buy a home together. If we're all agreed on that, the obvious next steps are looking at how we prevent those scenarios from recurring time and again," Joe commented.
"But this is where people are being let down. There's too much 'looking' and a worrying lack of 'doing', of action. We have a government that's all confidence and no supply when it comes to rural Ireland, in this area as in many others. And that has to change. The biggest new idea we must bring to the table on this right now is not simply that we need to take action, it's that action must begin."
Mr Wynne continued: "We have to introduce a scheme that helps people become first-time buyers, so that those who want to buy and are doing everything in their power to be in a position to, have a chance to access available housing on the market. Such a scheme will help us build actual communities, in contrast to the present situation which serves to facilitate the building of private property portfolios by a small section of society."
"Or worse, seeing property and mortgages swallowed up by the kind of vulture funds that the government desperately need to legislate for, for the greater good of society. Those are two ideas which can be - and should be - easily transformed into positive action if the political will and imagination to do so are there."
He concluded by adding, "at a local level here in Offaly, I also think it's imperative to reassess all land that the county council has at its disposal in order to determine where social housing might be developed as soon as possible."