Speaking at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) conference at Croke Park on Tuesday, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said further changes will be required to solve the current housing and homelessness crisis but these measures won’t be “too drastic or too dramatic”.
Separately, the Minister said the Government’s new Land Development Agency (LDA) was needed as “State land is not being used efficiently in many parts of the country”.
“We already have eight sites across the country, large State sites that will come in now to the Land Development Agency’s portfolio to deliver initially at least 3,000 homes but building very quickly the 10,000 homes in terms of negotiations that are already under way. “
All Cabinet Ministers have agreed that land from their own departments will be brought forward at a Cabinet meeting at the end of October,” he said. “This is additional land that will go in for the pipeline for the Land Development Agency and obviously its shareholders and semi-State companies as well, they’re engaging with those companies and semi-State organisations on the same basis.”
Mr Murphy said planning for some of the sites had already begun with the first houses due to be delivered in 2020, and that the LDA would be in existence for the next 15-20 years.
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