Homelessness campaigner: 'Very difficult to build 50,000 new homes in the next 5 years'

The campaigner reacted to the new plans put forward by the Oireachtas committee

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An Irish Housing Network protest on Mountjoy Street in Dublin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

Homelessness campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry says it'll be very difficult for the State to build the 50,000 new social houses required over the next five years.

The newly established Oireachtas housing and homelessness committee issued its report yesterday, saying the Government will need to find a way to break EU rules in order to meet this target.

Fr. Peter McVerry says although 50,000 is a challenging target to meet, it is necessary in order deal with the crisis:

"We're really looking at 12,500 social housing each year for the next four years, and that would be a record for this country. The biggest we've ever built was back in the 70's and 80's, when we were building eight or nine thousand social houses a year. So it's going to be very, very challenging, but it is in my mind the key recommendation, unless we start investing in social housing we will never solve the housing crisis."