No confidence in Minister for Housing – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin have submitted a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. The motion will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow.
Meath West Deputy Peadar Tóibín said:
“Fine Gael’s housing policies are not only failing to tackle the housing crisis, they are actually making things worse. They have been in office for seven years and during that time homelessness has reached unprecedented levels.
"In Meath, rents as well as housing prices have skyrocketed. Meath rents are now 94% higher since their lowest point in 2011. In July there were 81 people recorded homeless in Meath.
“Their current flagship housing policy, Rebuilding Ireland, has been in place for two years and the crisis rages on. The plan underinvests in social and affordable housing and is over reliant on the private sector to meet social and affordable housing needs.
"This simply repeats the mistakes of previous Fianna Fáil administrations with the same disastrous results.
“Eoghan Murphy has been Minister for Housing for 15 months. During his tenure homelessness has increased 25%, child homelessness has increased 34% and pensioner homelessness has increased by 40%.
"Meanwhile tens of thousands of homes lie vacant across the state. Not a single affordable home has been delivered by any Government scheme under on his watch. And private sector supply is in the main overpriced and unaffordable.
“Meanwhile the Minister responsible attacks Local Authorities, local councillors and opposition parties in the Dáil for the failures of his Government. The true test of a Minister is that when Government policy is not working they have the courage to go to cabinet and propose a change of course. This has not been the case.
“In light of all of this Sinn Féin believes that he must go. But so too must Rebuilding Ireland. Our motion of no confidence makes clear that we need a change of Minister and a change of policy. Without both of these things the housing crisis will continue to get worse.
“Sinn Féin will be launching our policy alternatives in the coming weeks. We believe that capital investment in social and affordable housing must be doubled. We would introduce a three year rent freeze in tandem with relief for renters.
"We would introduce the Focus Ireland Amendment to prevent buy-to-let landlords issuing vacant possession Notices to Quit.
“We believe that housing is a human right. We would legislate for a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution.
"We would also introduce a bill requiring local authorities to have a 60 day homeless prevention plan for those at risk of losing their homes or tenancies.
“We have the power to change the narrative but to do this, we believe that Minister Eoghan Murphy has to go.”