More one-bed apartments needed across the State

One of Ireland’s greatest shortcomings in housing “is that we are a three-bed country,” the Tánaiste said.

During the guide’s questions on Thursday, Leo Varadkar said that more single-bed apartments are needed across the state as young people stay single longer.

“In fact, one of our biggest shortcomings in the housing supply in Ireland is that by and large we are a three-bed country and we don’t have enough single-bed houses,” said Varadkar.

The Tánaiste was challenged by Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns over a new report showing that the number of first-time buyers under 30 has plummeted over the past 16 years from 60% in 2004 to just 27% in 2020.

“These numbers, while shocking, are just further confirmation of what we have all known for some time, that young people in Ireland have been given a poisoned goblet. There will be the first generation who are less well off than their parents. ” She said.

The Tánaiste said he was someone who believed in home ownership.

“One of the changes in our society is that people tend to start a household later in life, marry later, be single longer and, like the Social Democrats so often, reject living on the grounds that they One bedroom apartments are really misunderstood the fact that there are so many singles in society these days.

“I would really encourage the Social Democrats to end their opposition to single-bed and such apartments because I think that’s wrong.”

He said that around 70% of the people in Ireland own a home.

“We want this to be a reality for people between the ages of 20 and 30, and a big part of our housing policy is making the dream of owning a home a reality,” he said. “In the past 12 months, the number of new homes that have started construction has reached 30,000.”

Mr. Varadkar went on to say that the Help to Buy program has helped young people increase their deposits.

“If that government were ousted and replaced by a left-wing government, you’d take that away.”

Ms Cairns replied that “madness has been defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, and nowhere is this more evident than in the government’s housing policy”.

“If these issues are not addressed or understood, they will fester and things will only get worse. You have been in power for nearly 11 years. Responsibility for the dwindling opportunities and skills of young people to ever have their own depends directly on this government and your two previous governments. “

She added that it was “incredible” and “narrative” that Mr Varadkar would use his time to “stand up and plan the Social Democrats’ approach to housing” instead of answering questions.

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