Commitment secured on independent review of building costs

Barry Cowen TD

Barry Cowen TD

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing Barry Cowen TD says the confirmation by Minister Coveney that his department will commence an independent assessment of building costs is a positive development.

Deputy Cowen made the comments after raising the issue in the Dáil and further added that the Government now needs to put in place such an assessment without delay.

“25,000 new homes need to be built each year to meet demand, including a minimum of 10,000 in Dublin. However, fewer than 11,000 homes have been built nationwide, with less than 3,200 of these being in Dublin. This is contributing to the housing crisis and must be tackled,” said Deputy Cowen.

He added “The implementation of ham-fisted building control regulations by the previous housing Minister has made the cost of building apartments and housing estates uneconomical. These regulations need to be reformed, but we need to have an independent assessment of building costs before this can occur. This was a key recommendation made by the Committee on Housing and Homelessness but the Minister has failed to act on it to date.

“I raised this matter in the Dáil directly with Minister Coveney. I highlighted the urgent need for such an assessment to take place. Encouragingly the Minister agreed on the need for an independent assessment of building costs. This is a positive development, but he needs to follow up with actual action. We are in the midst of a housing crisis so this must be a top priority for Minister Coveney,” concluded Deputy Cowen.

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