There are 33,000 completed or as good as completed units. Now why doesn't the State buy those houses at knock down prices (if we don't own some of them already!) and use those houses to reduce the public housing lists?
Instead of paying rent allowance of say €120 or €160 or whatever per week to a family or a couple, every week, every month, every year - offer them a house or apartment. A couple can get about €6,500 per year in rent allowance (that's just a couple with no kids) Now if they are on rent allowance for years......well, the math is simple. The potential 4 year saving for 33,000 couples or families would be approx. 1 billion (based on an average rent allowance of €140 per week)
Each unit (family or couple) would pay say €25 per week to the State to live there - rent basically. That would be about €43 million a year that comes back into the State coffers. Just an idea, would like to hear other folks thoughts.