Cullinane criticises lack of action on ground rents
The government needs to live up to its pre-election commitments to abolish ground rents, says Sinn Féin’s Senator David Cullinane.
The Waterford senator was speaking during a Seanad debate yesterday evening (27 September 2012) seeking their abolition.
“Ground rents are an anomaly, however, they are far from a benign anomaly. They are a hangover from our colonial past and it is shameful that almost 100 years after the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, citizens have to pay rent to absentee English landlords.”
“In Waterford, there are citizens under pressure on account of this anomaly. There are citizens in Lismore Park, Lismore Lawn and Lismore Heights in Waterford being pursued by their landlord for this ground rent.”
“Those who are bearing the real brunt of this ground rents fiasco are private homeowners who find that their ground rent leases are about to expire and they are faced with the choice of buying out their ground rent lease - paying one eighth of the value of their home to the ground rent landlord - or renewing the lease. People are faced with demands for huge sums from their ground rent landlords and this is causing severe hardship for many people.”
“Before the last election both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste committed to bringing forward legislation to ensure the abolition of ground rent and the Labour Party previously brought forward a Private Members Bill on the matter. Following the resolution of the Shirley case, which had previously held up legislation, there is a need for action.”