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35% in private rented sector living below poverty line – Ó Snodaigh

20 February, 2008


Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD expressed concern that 35% of those living in the private rented sector are living below the poverty line. Deputy Ó Snodaigh also said that over half of the privately rented units inspected by Dublin City Council were found to be in compliance with minimum standard regulations.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "35% of those in the private rented sector in Ireland are living below the poverty line. This coupled with the fact that over half of the privately rented units inspected by Dublin City Council last year were found not to be in compliance with minimum standards regulations is very worrying. The standards regulations regarding the private rented sector have not been updated since 1993.

"People are very often forced into private-rented accommodation as a result of the lack of social housing units available in their local authority and subsequently there is a serious threat of homelessness.

"The Minister of State with responsibility for housing Batt O'Keefe must address these concerns as a matter of priority and to ensure that funding for 9,125 social housing units as promised under Towards 2016 for this year, are provided in order to provide people with sustainable housing options and prevent further risk of poverty." ENDS

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