In a bizarre turn of events the Fine Gael Environment Spokesperson Fergus O’Dowd TD has attacked the Governments policy of perusing growth in the housing sector.
In a press release issued this afternoon, Mr. O'Dowd said the the Government had spectacularly failed by allowing an increase in House prices over the last 8 years.
Mr. O'Dowd went on to criticize Fianna Fáil for promising in their ‘02 manifesto that they were ‘committed to a high level of home ownership’.
Of course what O'Dowd "forgot" to mention was that homeownership figures have actually increased by over 100,000 since 1997.
His reckless comments ignore the fact that almost 75,000 homes will be built this year and that the building industry is effectively fueling the economy.
One expects these Neo-Markist comments from Joe "Bin-Tax" Higgins but not from a member of the so called respectable opposition. Then again Fine Gael seem more committed to sound bites than actual policy development.