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Commenting on this afternoon’s newly appointed Cabinet the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, welcomed the news that housing is to become the number one priority for the incoming Minister at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. He also paid tribute to the work of outgoing Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan TD for her work during her time in office as she was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Minister for Education.
“Peter McVerry Trust welcomes the statement by Tánaiste Joan Burton in the Dáil this afternoon that housing will be the number one priority for the Department of the Environment for the remainder of this Government’s term of office. It was important that she emphasised social and affordable housing is this Government’s priority as the State needs to deliver housing for those who are most vulnerable and with the greatest need.”
“We look forward to working constructively with the new Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD as he sets about tackling the current housing and homelessness crisis. Peter McVerry Trust believes that the Minister’s number one priority must be to significantly increase the amount of funding available to acquire and develop social housing units and that social housing meets the needs of all households including individuals, couples and families.”
Mr Doyle also paid tribute to Jan O’Sullivan TD, the outgoing Minister for Housing and Planning “Minister O’Sullivan worked extremely hard to make housing and homelessness a key government priority and ensured that the building of social housing was kick-started during her term of office. She showed a huge personal commitment to these issues and a willingness to engage with Peter McVerry Trust and others in the voluntary sector to find a way to tackle them in difficult economic times. We would like to wish her every success in her promotion to Cabinet as the new Education Minister and hope that she will continue to recognise and respond to the needs of vulnerable young people.”