The government is to push towards having 25,000 new homes built in 2021. An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, points to the fact that 18,000 homes were constructed in 2020, despite the industry being forced to close during the first shutdown and the other impediments caused by the coronavirus for the rest of the year. Mr. Martin draws attention to the €3.3bn that the government will invest in housing in 2021 and the aim to have 12,750 social homes constructed, 9,750 of which would be built by local authorities or approved housing bodies. He also hopes that the Land Development Agency Bill and the Housing Affordability Plan would be written into law by the second quarter, both of which would add further impetus.
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