Eoin Ó Broin: When it comes to social homes, those costly old habits die hard

Turnkey developments, built by private developers and bought by the state, are the single most expensive way to provide social housing. So why are most of our social homes built in this way?

There are 11 delivery streams for new-build social housing and all homes are built by private contractors.

Last year, the government funded the delivery of 5,073 new-build social homes. This was 34 per cent below the Rebuilding Ireland target of 7,736.

Much of this shortfall was due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on construction, but that is not the whole picture.

Last week, in response to a parliamentary question, the Department of Housing released a breakdown of its 2020 social housing output.

The figures make for interesting reading, and expose a ...