Local Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has said the housing shortfall can’t be resolved by throwing money at the issue, despite what opposition may say.

Responding to accusations from Sinn Fein that Rebuilding Ireland is not working, Deputy Bailey said: “It is deeply regrettable that Sinn Fein is yet again offering only headlines, where real and substantial solutions are needed.

“Does Sinn Fein understand that housing must be looked in totality? It is not simply a matter of funding.

“When we look at the overall supply of housing, there are really encouraging signs that home building is recovering.

“All supply indicators are showing positive trends two years into the five- year Rebuilding Ireland plan.

“At the end of Q4 2017, the plan included 846 schemes which will deliver over 13,400 homes.”

This breaks down to 6,670 through local authorities, 687 turnkey and 5,983 to be delivered under social housing, the capital investment programme, rapid and regeneration.

Planning Permissions were 20,800 in 2017 – an increase of 27% on 2016. Commencement notices – 18,100 new homes notified in the 12 months to March 2018.

“CSO Quarterly National Accounts show residential investment up 33% in 2017.

“In 2016, we were still feeling the effects of a collapsed residential construction industry; Rebuilding Ireland has allowed us to put solid foundations in place to rebuild.

“What Sinn Fein fails to recognise is the complexities around delivering housing – such as infrastructure or services, complex title and skill deficits.

“It is not just as simple as increasing funding, it is about finding solutions, which this Government is doing, to these pinch points rather than making political promises from the opposition,” she said.