State home-building agency could ‘transform’ housing crisis - experts

Proposed body would employ all the expertise required to deliver housing, from planning, to financing and building

Homelessness campaigner Father Peter McVerry: “Tweaking a system based on the ‘market’ isn’t working. We need a new and more radical approach”. Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Housing experts have called on the Government to establish a national and sustainable home-building agency.

A report says the proposed agency should be a State developer, construction and retrofitting business and centre of expertise which would directly build, refurbish and retrofit social and affordable homes in Ireland.

The paper setting out the proposal, which homelessness campaigner Father Peter McVerry said could potentially ‘transform and resolve’ the housing crisis, has been jointly authored by housing researchers ...