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Fianna Fáil in pre-election stunt claim to prioritise affordable housing

11 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Housing Arthur Morgan TD today raised in the Dáil the apparently newly-adopted priority of Fianna Fáil of affordable housing calling the new revelation "startling".

Deputy Morgan said:

"I find it startling that affordable housing is apparently a priority for Fianna Fáil given the fact that this Government has idly stood by as those on low and middle incomes were priced out of the housing market. When this Government came to office in 1997, the price of a new house rose from an average of €102,000 to €224,500 and the price of a second-hand home rose from an average €102,700 to a startling €264,900 where there was no comparable increase in incomes, thus making a nonsense of Fianna Fáil's claims to prioritise the issue.

"Sinn Féin as a party have always made housing a priority - not just at election time - and continue to do so. If Fianna Fáil were so concerned about the housing crisis, why then did they not pass the motion put forward by us last November which would have enshrined housing as a right in the Constitution? It seems they would prefer to undermine rights in the Constitution, based on their proposal to change citizenship rights, rather that enshrine further rights which would be of benefit to all and ensure that all our citizens can avail of the basic right of a home." ENDS

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