We believe that the current housing crisis is a product of a market made dysfunctional by poor regulations, particularly related to planning permission, and a lack of strategic thinking with relation to the sector.

Recent actions by the Government have increased the demand on housing, but have absolutely failed to increase the supply of housing available on the market.

In fact policies such as the introduction of rent caps are likely to decrease the supply of rental accommodation on the market, driving prices up even further.

We will put in place policies to enable houses to be built faster, by simplifying the planning process and cutting unnecessary red tape, to lower Government imposed costs on the building sector in order to let houses be built more cheaply without a reduction in quality, and, in cities such as Dublin, to push us to build upwards and increase population density.