The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there is no quick fix to the current housing crisis and that the Government is not solely to blame for the ongoing situation.
Mr Varadkar who was speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme also said that local authorities should be doing more to alleviate the problem which has now become acceptable.
The Taoiseach who has reiterated the Housing Minister’s stance on the problem, told the programme that the problem is not solely the Government’s responsibility but local authorities should be doing more to fast track developments which would ultimately get families out of emergency accommodation.
Although he denied that the Government were trying to shift the blame, Mr Varadkar said that he and the Housing Minister are currently working on solutions to address the crisis.
Mr Varadkar also agreed that things are not moving fast as they should be and that the objective of getting 10,000 people out of emergency accommodation was more clear than ever.
However the Taoiseach pointed out that an extra €400m had been set aside for housing, but it seems more pressure had to applied on local authorities to get things moving.
The Taoiseach also told listeners that the Government had not failed on reaching its targets and that any suggestion that they had would be virtually giving up on their goals to provide housing over the next 10 years.
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