Friday December 6, 2019

Private sector has bigger role to play in housing for older people, says minister

Damien English tells summit that homes suitable for an ageing population represent a ‘massive area for investment’

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
4th December, 2019
Damien English said government policy was about giving people a “choice and option of where they want to live” rather than forcing them into renting. Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Opportunities to develop housing for Ireland’s ageing population are being missed, Damien English, minister of state at the Department of Housing, said today.

Speaking at the Business Post Sixth National Property Summit, English said that a lot of older people were not in suitable accommodation and that the private sector had a role to play in providing alternatives.

“A big focus [of the government] is to look at that ageing bracket. There is...

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