Greens call on Government to declare a homeless emergency

8th September 2017

Party wants Compulsory Purchase powers to be expanded through emergency legislation

Following the publication of Government homeless figures showing a further significant rise in homeless figures, the Green Party today called on the Government to recognise the scale of the housing and homelessness crisis by declaring an emergency.

Speaking today, Green Party Spokesperson on Local Government, Cllr Malcolm Noonan called on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to allow Local Authorities to compulsorily purchase land at affordable and reasonable prices - not values that are over by current market demands.

He said: “Minister Murphy could do much to assist the CEOs of Local Authorities whom he is meeting today by giving more broad ranging powers to Local Authorities to buy serviced land at affordable prices and immediately kick-start a massive social housing programme.

“This crisis has moved beyond tinkering with the market; strengthening compulsory purchase powers, moving towards innovative off site construction techniques and speeding up the procurement and tendering process for Local Authorities and voluntary housing bodies are tangible means by which the Minister could help us in Local Government to meet the demand in a sustainable manner and construct good quality affordable homes and not just units.

“Ultimately, he must recognise that this is a crisis and take radical action reflective of the seriousness of the situation.”