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Who are going to build all these new houses?

A plan to deliver 300,000 new homes within the next 10 years is not achievable, it has been claimed

A GOVERNMENT plan to deliver 300,000 new homes within the next 10 years is not practical or achievable, a Killarney councillor has insisted.

The plan, launched today, promises 90,000 new social houses, 36,000 affordable homes and 18,000 cost rental properties before the end of 2030.

The remaining 156,000 homes will be delivered through the private rental and purchase housing market.

Housing Minister, Darragh O’Brien, outlined a series of measures aimed at reducing the cost of housing and encouraging the building of new homes in the next decade.

Cllr Donal Grady: Workers moved abroad

But Cllr Donal Grady, who is championing the drive to significantly increase the number of new social houses being built in Killarney, said he doesn’t believe the government’s target is achievable because there will not be enough construction workers available.

“Where are the workers going to come from? Our workers have left Ireland,” he said.

Cllr Grady said it is proving impossible to find block workers while carpenters, electricians and others tradespeople are also in short supply.

Dublin is snapping up all the available workers as there are so many building projects up there, Most of the construction workers here are Polish as so many Irish people have moved abroad seeking opportunities,” he said.