The Taoiseach says it's better to solve the housing crisis slowly than with a quick fix.
Leo Varadkar claims a return to building 80,000 homes a year would only fuel the boom-bust cycle we've seen in the past.
He's accepted the government's housing programme hasn't worked yet - but denies it's a failure.
Leo Varadkar has also stressed that patience is needed when dealing with the housing market.
He says some people think it would be great build a huge amount of houses each year but that's where you get back to a what we had before - 'a credit fueled crisis and shoddy construction'.
Earlier this month the Minister for Housing rowed back on his claim that co-living spaces are like 'trendy boutique hotels'
In a radio interview, Minister Eoghan Murphy accused critics of the Government's co-living proposals of misrepresenting the concept.
One development planned in Dún Laoghaire proposed charging €1,300 a month for a private room, sharing a kitchen with dozens of others.
It was ultimately refused planning permission by local authorities. Other developments are being planned for the capital.
Critics here have warned co-living offers a low standard of living, and also warned that it is often not a cheaper alternative to traditional rental properties