11 local authorities unable to deliver a single new-build home in 2022

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11 Local Authorities Unable To Deliver A Single New-Build Home In 2022 11 Local Authorities Unable To Deliver A Single New-Build Home In 2022
New figures released by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien’s own department reveal that just 251 homes were directly built in the first quarter of 2022. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos
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Kenneth Fox

It has emerged that 11 local authorities, including three in Dublin, failed to deliver a single new-build house in the first six months of this year, with just 647 homes directly built as the State’s housing emergency worsened.

The failure of three of the four councils in the capital – where the housing problem is most acute – to build any new homes has been severely criticised, according to the Irish Examiner.

Overly strict application of the State’s spending code and “bureaucratic red tape” involving officials in the two departments of public expenditure and housing are being blamed for the low rate of delivery.

New figures released by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien’s own department reveal that just 251 homes were directly built in the first quarter of 2022. And, during that time period, 18 of the 31 local authorities delivered no new homes.

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In the second quarter, 396 homes were delivered but still 12 counties failed to produce a single new home.

The 11 local authorities which had not built a single house by mid-2022 are: Dun Laoghaire, Mr O’Brien’s own council of Fingal, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Kildare County Council, Longford County Council, Louth County Council, Mayo County Council, Roscommon County Council, Sligo County Council, and South Dublin County Council.

Wicklow County Council had produced the most new homes, with 113 units coming on stream.

According to the department, the new-build category since 2017 includes those homes delivered through its rapid build programme, so-called traditional construction, turnkey homes bought from developers, regenerated properties, and those built through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

According to Mr O’Brien’s department’s statistics:

The Government missed its social housing target of 28,550 homes in 2021 by 5,238, as only 23,312 additional units were delivered;

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These figures are heavily reliant on the units delivered under the housing assistance payment (HAP) and the rent assistance supplement (RAS);

Last year, of the 23,312 homes sourced, 14,129 (60%) were delivered through HAP and RAS, exposing the Government’s “over-reliance” on the private sector;

In 2021, new builds, acquisitions, and lease deals accounted for just 9,183, well short of its target of 12,750.

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