Dublin Bay North TD Cian O’Callaghan says he welcomes the Government’s reversal of the co-living policy.
The Social Democrats Housing spokesperson was commenting following the announcement by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien of a ban on new co-living developments in the country due to concerns at the increasing number of developments in the housing system.
“The ban on co-living developments is long overdue,” Deputy O’Callaghan said.
“The Government must now draw a line in the sand under these shoddy housing policies.
“At the heart of the co-living plan was a desire to drive down standards, forcing people to live in shoeboxes so that developers could squeeze every last cent out of a site.
“Today’s decision by the Minister for Housing is a recognition that this was wrong.
“The Government must now fully commit to providing people with decent housing – this includes having enough personal space, good ventilation and access to a garden or balcony of your own.
“It is not too much to ask for and I’m glad the Minister has started to recognise that.”