The independent deputy supported Minister Eoghan Murphy in the no-confidence vote last night.
A midlands TD is working with the Housing Minister to reform the Fair Deal scheme to allow older people to rent out their properties.
The proposal would give those living in nursing homes long-term the option to rent out their house - releasing an additional 10,000 vacant homes onto the housing market.
Roscommon-Galway deputy Denis Naughten says he voted against last night's no confidence motion in Minister Eoghan Murphy because the vast majority of people don't want a Christmas election.
The former Communication Minister believes the motion put down by the Social Democrats was purely a political stunt to gain votes at last week's by-election.
He says if one in five homes were released, it would house all the homeless families at present: