The Tánaiste has said that housing targets would be reviewed and increased next year as the population had risen faster than expected.

He was responding to Sinn Fein's Spokeperson in Finance Pearse Doherty, who accused the Government of "blatantly failing" on housing.

Speaking during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, Mr Doherty said a whole generation was locked out and desperate.

He said the Government would not meet the targets set in Housing for All for social and affordable homes, and those targets were also too low.

Mr Varadkar said he agreed that there is a housing emergency and he had said so in the past.

But he said competing on more dramatic words to describe the problem would not build houses.

He said the targets would be reviewed and increased next year as the population had risen faster than expected.

Mr Varadkar also accused Sinn Féin of failing in housing in Northern Ireland.

He said the party had been in power there for 20 years and house prices and rents are up with 20,000 homeless.

"If we failed, you failed worse and for longer."