Why our councils remain stuck in the social housing cul-de-sac

The lengthy approval process that council social housing projects must go through is a long-standing bugbear of TDs and councillors. But is long-term leasing of social homes a worse option?

Leasing of social homes to local authorities is the latest aspect of the privatisation of social housing in Ireland. Picture: Getty

The following comments were made by two elected Irish politicians, both on the topic of social housing delivery. They’re very similar, with one key difference.

First: “The blockage on social housing isn’t so much at the local authority level, it’s the Department of Housing. Local authorities can’t build social housing without approval from the department and it can take years to sign off on schemes and proposals.”

Second: “The county councils are frustrated in their ...