An emergency budget, at least on its own without other measures, will not help people deal with the rapidly rising cost of living for long.
The Government has lacked urgency in pursuing quarry operators who sold deficient concrete blocks and foundations. Taxpayers and those building a home in the future should not be left footing all the bill to help the victims.
Members of the Clare Pyrite Action Group were among those addressing the Oireachtas Housing Committee today.
Plans to help people to buy derelict properties to renovate and live in are welcome, but if not launched soon will be overtaken by an increase in construction costs.