The Labour Party has said that housing measures it is proposing will cut the cost of a new semi-detached house in Dublin by €30,000.

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly told the Dáil that it was "not a silver bullet" but will tackle "the vested interests that have rigged the housing system".

He said that many had suffered "trauma" because of the "man-made disaster" of the housing crisis.

The Labour Party is bringing a motion to implement the Kenny Report, which was published in 1973.

Judge John Kenny recommended allowing local authorities to compulsorily purchase land at its existing use value "plus a 25% gratuity", Mr Kelly said.

Labour TD Brendan Howlin said that local authorities will also need additional staff and resources to implement the measures.

Mr Kelly criticised "the hoarding of development land", and said that had the report been implemented, such hoarding might never have taken place.

Mr Kelly quoted Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin as saying in 2018 that implementing the Kenny report was morally the right thing to do.

If the Taoiseach does not implement it, his morality will "be called into question", Mr Kelly said.

He also noted the Green Party has previously supported the implementation of the Kenny report.

The measures would only apply to future purchases, with grandfathering a legal requirement for previous deals.

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan tabled an amendment to delay reading the bill for 12 months, as he said it is "premature".

Several Government measures and proposals require that time to be considered, he said.

Mr Noonan said the bill would "act as a barrier to new entrants into the market".

He said that Government measures will achieve the goals Alan Kelly hopes to achieve with this bill.

Labour TD Sean Sherlock said he was "extremely disappointed" at the Government amendment, and rejected the notion that the bill is premature.

He called on the Government to reconsider its position, and pass the bill to second stage.