National housing roadshow comes to Kilkenny this Monday

Will tackle a number of issues including the rental crisis and waiting lists

Mary Cody

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National housing roadshow comes to Kilkenny this Monday

Deputy Bobby Alyward

Fianna Fáil Housing Spokesperson Barry Cowen is undertaking a national housing roadshow and will host a meeting with Carlow-Kilkenny TD Bobby Aylward on Monday (March 12) in the Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny.

This National Housing Roadshow will see a series of meetings take place in towns across the country in the coming weeks and months. Deputy Aylward has brought Barry Cowen T.D to his constituency to discuss the issues facing homeowners, renters, people on the housing list and those without a home in Carlow & Kilkenny. These local discussions will be incorporated into the party’s housing policy.

The meeting will focus on:

- Social Housing Waiting List & Homelessness
- Rent Crisis
- Home Ownership
- National Planning Framework

Commenting on the Housing Roadshow Deputy Cowen said, “Housing is the key issue facing this Government. Homelessness has reached unprecedented levels, rents are at historic heights, home building numbers are tens of thousands behind where they need to be and some 85,000 people are on the social housing waiting list. All the while, ordinary workers cannot afford a place to own. This series of meetings in towns across the country is designed to raise awareness and get a sense on the ground about where the failings are, and more importantly, what can be done to address them.

“The Government has to start delivering on housing. After four separate plans and over a dozen launches it needs to put bricks and mortar in the ground. However, its flagship Re-Building Ireland plan is behind target already. Supply is the key issue that needs to be addressed to get to grips with the crisis in the private, social and rental sector. Re-Building Ireland has been in place for two years and the crisis is only getting worse.

“I am looking forward to debating the issues and adding to the renewed, focused housing policy which the party will launch after this process is complete.”

Looking forward to the meeting Deputy Aylward said, "Housing is the most consistent issue I have faced since the Carlow-Kilkenny By-Election in mid 2015, by a country mile. My office is often inundated with calls from people across Carlow and Kilkenny who have been languishing for years on the housing waiting list as well as those who have been recently accepted and cannot believe the length of time it may take before they can secure suitable accommodation.

"I have also been taken aback by the amount of ordinary workers who have become disillusioned by the whole situation. These are very hard working people who are doing everything they can to save and make progress but they simply cannot afford to own a place of their own, no matter what they do. I have also heard from many younger people who have graduated in recent years and given everything to advance their careers and get ahead in life but they remain very concerned that they will not be in a position to buy a home and start a family for years to come.

"I'm anticipating a constructive meeting and I hope to hear from the people on the ground first and foremost," concluded Deputy Aylward.