Government’s ‘rapid-build’ schedule in realms of fantasy

None of planned Rebuilding Ireland estates outside Ballymun have been completed

Recently completed rapid-build homes in Poppintree, Ballymun, in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Recently completed rapid-build homes in Poppintree, Ballymun, in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In a fit of excitement a year ago the Government launched its Rebuilding Ireland plan to sort out the housing and homelessness crisis, and deliver 47,000 social homes by 2021.

The “rapid-build” element of this was to deliver 1,500 by the end of 2018. It would work like this: 200 homes would be in place by the end of 2016, 800 by the end of 2017, and another 500 to finish the job by the end of 2018.

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