Varadkar changes his mind, and blames FF for the housing crisis

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Varadkar claims housing crisis is 'a symptom of Fianna Fáil’s period in Government'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have engaged in a war of words over who is to blame for the housing crisis.

Mr Varadkar rejected criticism of the Government’s efforts to provide adequate social housing, saying it will “take time” to get on top of the situation.

“The housing crisis is very much a symptom of Fianna Fáil’s period in Government. From a very low base we need to ramp it all up again,” he said.

“That includes a significant increase in social housing and houses built by the private sector.

“It is going to take time to get on top of this. We had a construction sector that was decimated and banks that collapsed.” - https://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjFvOuk8MHXAhWFORoKHbgxDbIQqOcBCCYwAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.ie%2Firish-news%2Fnews%2Fvaradkar-claims-housing-crisis-is-a-symptom-of-fianna-fils-period-in-government-36322638.html&usg=AOvVaw0xJJh6It_aub14GCQAtRNK

Damien English: Media reports of homelessness crisis 'damaging to Ireland's international reputation'

Minister English told the Dáil the problem is being addressed, and "a negative narrative" in the media was hurting Ireland's reputation.

"Some of this narrative has seeped into international coverage of our housing system and is damaging to Ireland's international reputation, that our social response to this issue is being portrayed as dysfunctional," he said.

"As Teachta Dála we have a responsibility in this regard and the good work being done in difficult circumstances needs to be recognised." - https://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=19&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjNhanj9sHXAhVLWxoKHTAsA5MQFghgMBI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.breakingnews.ie%2Fireland%2Fdamien-english-media-reports-of-homelessness-crisis-damaging-to-irelands-international-reputation-814174.html&usg=AOvVaw3OVi10NEekEMtwLX85oNFb

Dublin Homeless Executive chief Eileen Gleeson: 'I probably could have used better language'

The head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said she "could have probably used better language" in relation to homelessness.

On the overall homeless crisis, Ms Gleeson said: "The job of the DRHE is to respond to homelessness and to put structures in place to deal with it... and we've done that for the most part.

"The fundamental issue here is supply - so that people can stay in their own homes or they can provide their own homes for themselves at the end of the day.

"So while we have a situation and an economy where demand is outstripping supply, homelessness will continue". - https://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiPoOva9MHXAhXD0RoKHa2vBEwQFgg4MAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newstalk.com%2FDublin-Homeless-Executive-chief-Eileen-Gleeson%3A-I-probably-could-have-used-better-language&usg=AOvVaw1Hu7DS8nxDeFO2Ycf-T5Ve

Now Varadkar is making a liar of both the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive Eileen Gleeson, and Damian English, the Junior Housing Minster.
 


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Varadkar seems to forget that his party are almost 7 years in government.
Bart Simpson could come up with better excuses.

The answer to the housing situation in Ireland is a return to the state providing social housing to rent and keeping these units in state ownership.

FG are into social engineering, on a big scale, by insisting on the so called 'integration' of people from different socio-economic groups into the same type of housing.

It has not worked, and it will not work.
 

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Varadkar seems to forget that his party are almost 7 years in government.
Bart Simpson could come up with better excuses.

The answer to the housing situation in Ireland is a return to the state providing social housing to rent and keeping these units in state ownership.

FG are into social engineering, on a big scale, by insisting on the so called 'integration' of people from different socio-economic groups into the same type of housing.

It has not worked, and it will not work.
How long have poor SF served in govt in the 26?
 

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Varadkar's €5 million quid of squandered tax payers money, the Strategic Communications Unit, is obviously writing the script for himself and the various FG appointees and their most recent vile comments to "normalise" homelessness in Ireland. Between Gleeson and the Minister for increasing homelessness blue$hit boot boy Eoghan Murphy along with the despicable Damien English obviously all singing from the same script in a sickening depraved attempt puking a FG narrative to deflect from and normalise homelessness is a craven attempt to sway public perceptions of the people that are homeless and must not be allowed to happen. We need an election to remove the FFG rats from government and restore Irish society now.
 

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Varadkar's €5 million quid of squandered tax payers money, the Strategic Communications Unit, is obviously writing the script for himself and the various FG appointees and their most recent vile comments to "normalise" homelessness in Ireland. Between Gleeson and the Minister for increasing homelessness blue$hit boot boy Eoghan Murphy along with the despicable Damien English obviously all singing from the same script in a sickening depraved attempt puking a FG narrative to deflect from and normalise homelessness is a craven attempt to sway public perceptions of the people that are homeless and must not be allowed to happen. We need an election to remove the FFG rats from government and restore Irish society now.
Please tell us your alternative govt.
This will be fun!
Don't run.
 

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Love the blaming of the media. Not even a claim that the stories aren’t true, just that they’re mean for pointing out the dismal numbers.
 

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The housing crisis is a symptom of FFs time in government - nobody wanted to/could build houses because banks couldn't/wouldn't lend into a market that made their balance sheets unviable.

It also also a symptom of FGs time in power because they could have been honest about the real state of the banks but that might have involved further loss of sovereignty. A country beholden to its builders and bankers isn't that sovereign anyway I suppose.

when you look at it, its possible the only solution that retains sovereignty is allowing the bottleneck of supply to take place. The full story of the precipice we were on has not yet emerged.

Personally I'd have no problem being run by an outside protectorate for as a long as it takes to clear out the dregs continually making a mess of everything.
 
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Sure Leo just said the last day that there is no housing crisis!
 

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Love the blaming of the media. Not even a claim that the stories aren’t true, just that they’re mean for pointing out the dismal numbers.
[video]https://youtu.be/SWXG_StdIl8[/video]
Less than a year ago, there was approximately 220 people homeless in Dublin, according to the spokesman for the Home Sweet Home campaign on the Late Late Show.

The object of the criticism coming from the head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, appears not alone to be directed at that homeless demographic, but also the voluntary workers doing the heavy lifting on their behalf, from one end of the week to the other.

There's bad behavior and there's bad behavior, and then there's a Mad Axe Murderer and convicted Child Abuser, which is the lasting impression of the average homeless person created by those people.

The United Left Alliance marched those homeless people up a hill and abandoned them, and are now positioning themselves to be the vanguard of the housing crisis.
 
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Edit: - 75 LA houses built in 2015, 161 built in 2016 31 of which were in Dublin.
 
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Now I'm REALLY confused....two weeks ago we had a housing crisis, but last week Varadkar said there wasn't a problem and now this week there is again, but it's FF's fault.
 

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The housing crisis, in its current form, is a problem created by Fianna Fáil that Fine Gael (and Labour) have so far failed to fix.

And there still appears to be a view that part of the solution is getting back to a situation of steadily rising housing prices. I thought that that view had been debunked some time after the 2008 crash. Apparently it hasn't.

It sorely needs to be.
 

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Dublin Homeless Executive chief Eileen Gleeson: 'I probably could have used better language'

The head of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said she "could have probably used better language" in relation to homelessness.

On the overall homeless crisis, Ms Gleeson said: "The job of the DRHE is to respond to homelessness and to put structures in place to deal with it... and we've done that for the most part.

"The fundamental issue here is supply - so that people can stay in their own homes or they can provide their own homes for themselves at the end of the day.

"So while we have a situation and an economy where demand is outstripping supply, homelessness will continue".
The only conclusion that can be drawn from Gleesons change of attitude, is that she was fully aware that demand was outstripping supply, when she decided to tar the entire homeless demographic with the Jack Pedophile Watson brush. She's probably also aware that an estimated 1 in 3 of the long term homeless addicts she's referring to, came from abused backgrounds, because that's what the research carried out by Dr Marianne Breen into addiction and homelessness revealed, which was the guidebook for the Drugs Task Force throughout the Dublin region.
 

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It's the typical retort Poorview has in his sad locker, just wait until he starts referring other posters back to post #blah blah blah
'typical retort'???

It's his ONLY retort!

Best ignored.
 


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