Sinn Féin TD demands more funding for local authorities
Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin's spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan TD raised the issue of underfunded local government and the large levies imposed on home-buyers.
Deputy Morgan said:
"It is essential now that the Government address the serious underfunding of local government which has resulted in local authorities imposing substantial levies on already stretched first-time home buyers while doing nothing to address the serious problem which exists in the state in relation to inflated land prices as a result of decades of unhindered land speculation.
"These levies will cause a further escalation in house prices across the state and will force ever-increasing numbers of people out of the house market and onto social housing waiting lists while increasing the hardship for those young couples who were already hit by the removal of the first time buyers grant. This housing situation, as we all know, has reached crisis point already and it is a matter of serious public concern if the local authorities are not adequately funded". ENDS