Friday November 27, 2020

Simon Coveney sets up four probes into ‘dodgy’ housing stats

Experts pointed to a disparity of more than 20,000 between Coveney's stats and census figures

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
7th May, 2017
Minister for Housing Simon Coveney Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has set up four different investigations into how many new homes are actually being built.

Since the 1970s, the official housing figures have been based on the number of new connections to the ESB network. But this is problematic because it includes the reconnection of homes that were vacant for over two years but are now being brought back into use.

There were 55,250 homes completed during the last...

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