Updated: 04/09/17 : 07:15:24
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To avoid failure Govt must build 90,000 homes within five years

More than 90,000 social homes and apartments need to be built in the next five years or the Government will have to admit failure on the housing and homelessness crisis, campaigners have claimed.

Social Justice Ireland warned Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that current attempts to solve the unprecedented problems are doomed.

The think-tank said that if 93,000 houses could be built in a year at the height of Ireland's property bubble then a similar number should be targeted to clear waiting lists in five years.

Dr Sean Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said the Government could set up a special body to borrow money at record low interest rates off-balance sheet to pay for new social housing.