A Waterford Fine Gael Councillor says a summit to deal with the housing crisis is badly needed.
John Cummins put the call out in May for a summit to be held within 30 days bringing together the owners of land banks, developers, lending institions, WIT, the construction industry and other revelant stakeholders.
An update is expected at this week’s council meeting.
Councillor John Cummins says the onus is on the local authority to act. “I think it’s very important while we talk every month about social housing, there’s a serious lack of supply of private housing and we are the owners of significant landbanks in the city also. I think the onus is on us”.
Sinn Féin’s Jim Griffin has been seeking cross-party support for a housing summit.
“I would agree to Cllr Cummins and second that we have that summit here and broaden it out and everyone around the same table”.
Meanwhile, radical measures are needed to stop the Government pandering to developers and to start building affordable housing, according to TD Richard Boyd Barrett.
People Before Profit has a motion up for debate in the Dáil later to set up teams to take control of vacant properties.
It wants local authorities given powers to buy unused sites through compulsory purchase orders so they can build homes.