Independent TD Thomas Pringle said any rise in the social housing income eligibility threshold is welcome.
However, he added, the government plan is still not enough.
“There is no doubt that the social housing income level threshold is far too low, and I have been raising this issue for some time now,” Deputy Pringle said.
“Thankfully the minister has actually agreed to do something about it, although it is not enough.”
Minister Darragh O’Brien agreed earlier in the year to raise the threshold by €5,000 in counties Carlow, Clare, Laois, Westmeath and Galway, and has now extended it across the country from January 2023.
Deputy Pringle said the announcement was welcome, but could be improved.
The deputy addressed the Dáil on the issue on Thursday evening, speaking during statements on social housing income level thresholds.
The deputy said a young family earning up to €50-60,000 a year will never get a mortgage the way things are at the minute.
“I actually don’t think there should be any income limit to being on the housing list. I think everybody should be able to be on the housing list.”
The housing list is used as a way to determine the housing needed, he said.