Coveney promises 30,000 new homes within the next four years

Minister for Housing announces plan to fast-track the build

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is announcing plans to fast-tack the build of 30,000 new homes today.

He said changes to the planning system will hopefully allow at least 25,000 homes to be built a year. It’s understood that developers at today’s launch have committed to building houses on their respective sites, selling from €250,000.

Pillar three of the 'Rebuilding Ireland' action plan - published last July - sets targets to double the annual level of residential construction to 25,000 homes and deliver 47,000 units of social housing by 2021.

"We must speed up the processes that lead to housing delivery and we must make it more efficient to deliver the homes that people need and where they need them," he said ahead of the launch.

"Today is a very good start by identifying the sites with the greatest potential for development and both I and the Government now want to see developers getting on with building the homes that people need."

Coveney will be joined by Minister for State Damien English, as well as by developers who have committed to start construction on land banks that have been lying vacant

In September, it was reported that the number on Dublin City Council's housing list has increased by 954 applicants since January 2016.

"We would always welcome a US leader"

Yesterday, the Minister said that he hopes Donald Trump will make a visit to Ireland.

When asked if he would be welcome a visit by the US President-elect, the Housing Minister responded: "Of course I would!"

"I think we should always welcome a US leader to Ireland," he added.

"As I say, the relationship between Ireland and the US is arguably a more special relationship than the US has with any other country.

"That is valuable, it needs to be maintained, and that will certainly happen and this Government will work towards ensuring that it happens."