The national housing and homeless charity, Peter McVerry Trust, has welcomed measures announced by Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, to tackle empty homes in Ireland. The charity said a number of its key recommendations on empty homes had been taken on board by Government.
Reacting to today’s announcement Pat Doyle, CEO at Peter McVerry Trust, said “The measures announced today by Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, are welcome and important in tackling the huge levels of empty homes. We have campaigned on this issue for the last 3 years and we are delighted that progress is finally being made.”
“The measures announced today include a series of proposals from Peter McVerry Trust around the creation of a national empty homes unit, the appointment of empty homes officers in each local authority area and a national empty homes database.”
Mr Doyle said that urgency remained a critical element of the response to the housing and homelessness crisis. “We know that every house delivered, be it re-using old houses or building new ones, will take time and that is why it is absolutely critical that we must all operate with a sense of urgency at every stage of the process until we get people into their homes.”
Concluding, Mr Doyle said that Budget 2018 would now be critical in determining how successful the Government response to the empty homes issue would be. “A number of critical elements have been delayed until Budget day including details of an empty homes tax, measures to allow fair deal participants to rent their properties without penalty and capital funding for local authorities to carry out major CPO campaigns.”