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Sinn Féin TD demands more funding for local authorities

12 November, 2003

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

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