Sinn Féin has published its housing policy, which it says if implemented will deliver 100,000 new social and affordable homes over the next 15 years.

It also proposes to remove opt-outs for developers to insure 20% social housing on all new developments.

The party’s Vice President Mary Lou McDonald said housing across the State is in crisis, with successive governments handing responsibility to landlords, developers and bankers.

Sinn Féin said the building of 100,000 social and affordable homes would be financed through general taxation to begin with, and the combination of capital spending and local authority borrowing as the plan progresses.

Under the plan 36,500 social and affordable homes would be built before 2021, while it would also abolish the local property tax and introduce rent certainty by linking rent increases to inflation.