A County Waterford Fine Gael Councillor is worried the housing crisis will come back to bite the party at the ballot box.
Local Elections are scheduled for next May while a General Election is expected at some point over the next 18 months.
And Councillor Liam Brazil fears voters will be asking him why houses haven’t been built to combat the crisis.
“We have to build housing, if we don’t [the situation] will get worse and get worse.”
“The people will say to us next year when we’re knocking on doors, the homeless people are there, what are you doing about it?”
“I have no doubt that when we canvass the likes of Kilmac and Stradbally next year that social housing is going to be the biggest problem we have. Last time, five years ago, we had [water] meters and the health crisis.”
He says Councillors have seen the crisis reach out into rural towns and villages across the county.
“When you see a small place like Lemybrien and maybe 20 people on a social housing list there. In Kilmacthomas you probably have 40 people there.”
“I believe it will be the question that will be put to us when we knock on the door on estates.”