The solution to the housing crisis is not to pack people into co-living developments, Sinn Féin's housing spokesperson has said.

The party has published a bill aimed at banning such developments.

It comes a week after permission was granted for a 208-bedroom co-living scheme in Dún Laoghaire in Dublin.

Under the conditions of the planning permission, each unit must have their own cooking facilities.

The original application, made in May, had involved one kitchen for every 40 people.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Eoin Ó Broin said that while more housing needed to be built, it must be good quality.

Sinn Féin's Planning and Development (Excessive Ministerial Power Repeal) Bill 2019 would reverse a controversial amendment to the Planning and Development Act, which allows the Minister for Housing to place specific planning policy requirements on local authorities.

The bill also repeals two sets of mandatory guidelines introduced by Minister Eoghan Murphy in 2018, including those related to co-living.

Mr Ó Broin said local authorities were not responsible for the housing crisis and that it was the failure of Government policy and decades of under-investment.

"The solution is not to pack people into co-living developments, where their living quarters are 12 square metres," he said.

"Nor is it to allow vast amounts of build-to-rent accommodation with substantially lower standards.

"We need to build more housing and apartments, but it has to be good quality for individuals and families."

Reacting to the decision to grant planning permission last week, the chief executive of Bartra Developments, the company behind the scheme, said that An Bord Pleanála had recognised that there is a place for co-living within the Irish housing market.

Mr Ó Broin said he believes many people were hoping the board would take a "slightly more rounded view of the proposals than Minister Murphy's guidelines", but that has not happened.

He said that when the Dáil returns in September, Sinn Féin would be hoping to introduce the legislation as quickly as possible.

He said more apartments and affordable accommodation were needed, but said they must be of good quality so that people could have a good standard of living.