Housing Agency told O’Brien how to avoid legal action on affordable housing move

A previously unpublished Housing Agency report from December 2020, now seen by the Business Post, said the government could avoid legal challenges by developers if an “up to 20 per cent” wording was used in new Part V rules.

Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing: exemption put in after advice given from Housing Agency. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, was told affordable homes could be secured on private lands without a controversial exemption, which resulted in the loss of potentially 10,000 units to the private market, a previously unpublished report has revealed.

As part of the Affordable Housing Bill, there is now a “mandatory” requirement for developers to provide 20 per cent of new builds, under Part V rules, to the state for affordable and cost rental housing, ...