DUBLIN, Ireland: Leo Varadkar, the Tanaiste and Fine Gael leader, has said Ireland needs to build 40,000 homes annually.
Speaking during a virtual meeting, Varadkar said he wants to set a target of 70 percent of the Irish owning their own homes by the end of the decade, which is to be funded through public and private investment.
Varadkar said that other political parties "talk", but Fine Gael "builds".
Also, Minister of State Peter Burke focused on new housing, saying everyone in the party is "all so aware how urgent it is" to provide new housing, noting that the public has experienced "huge frustration" in purchasing housing.
Minister Burke also outlined plans for future housing, saying the Land Development Agency will be a "key State actor" to ensure new housing is affordable and cost-rental homes are affordably priced for all citizens.
Senior party members will continue to participate in virtual discussions on topics ranging from the future of housing, special education support and the availability and affordability of childcare.