Eventually, housing output reached a peak of 90,000 new homes per year – far more than Britain’s, despite the huge difference in population (4.5 million versus 60 million).
There were 28,590 seasonally adjusted house building starts in England in the June quarter 2010. This is 13 per cent higher than in the previous quarter and 84 per cent above the trough in the March quarter 2009, but 42 per cent below their March quarter 2007 peak.
So England alone, even in the current slump, is building more than 100,000 houses a year.
Yes, Ireland built proportionately many more houses than Britain, but not absolutely more, which is the ridiculous claim he is making.