Bruton: Housing shortage is a risk to job creation

Ireland's hopes of getting more foreign investment could be put at risk by the national shortage of houses, the Minister for Jobs has claimed.

That's according to jobs minister Richard Bruton, who says Ireland will struggle to attract foreign companies if there aren't enough places for workers to live.

The minister's published a new policy which says other countries are becoming better at securing foreign investment - and that Ireland needs to do more.

Minister Bruton says regional areas in particular could be badly hit if there's no new housing.

It would be foolhardy to imagine that the IDA moves the location strategies of companies around like pawns on a board," he said.

"We create the regional environment that [are] magnets for those [companies] - and I think that requires a cross-Government response which includes housing, schools, transports, cycle lanes - all of that."

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