A house divided: tensions emerge between FF and FG as Varadkar hones in on housing

All parties understand that housing will be the number one issue in the next election – and the new Taoiseach has already made several housing-related decisions his coalition partners do not agree with

Darragh O'Brien, Minister for Housing, and Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach, at Government Buildings following a conference with housing stakeholders. Picture: PA

Lisa Chambers was not surprised when Leo Varadkar described housing as his number one priority when he reassumed the office of Taoiseach in December.

“I smiled to myself and thought, ‘here we go’,” the Fianna Fáil leader in the Seanad told the Business Post. “Obviously, the penny has dropped with Fine Gael that housing is the key issue for the electorate.”

There have been growing tensions between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the housing ...