Updated: 11/10/17 : 04:51:11
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No new social houses in Budget, says Mac Sharry

NO NEW social housing units will be delivered by the 2018 Budget announced yesterday, Tuesday.

That's the clearcut view of Fianna Fáil TD Marc Mac Sharry. 

MacSharry was speaking on RTÉ Radio One's ''The Late Debate'' show last night.

The Sligo TD estimated that it can take six years to deliver from beginning to turn-key on social housing.

Finger Prints

''There is much in this Budget I don't like,'' he confirmed on the RTÉ show.

But MacSharry confirmed he would vote for the Budget in line with his party's Confidence and Supply Agreement.

''Our finger prints are on it in terms of the Confidence and Supply Agreement,'' said Deputy Mac Sharry.
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett said on the show it was six years ago, 2011, when the Fine Gael and Labour Government ''decided to stop'' building social housing.

New Hospitals

Several panellists on the show said that the 2018 Budget number of 3,800 for public houses were ''recycled figures.''

Third Level lecturer Lorcan Sirr queried whether there would be enough construction workers to engage in a social housing programme.

Construction workers were in Australia and those at home would be involved in two new national hospital projects, said Mr Sirr.