Doherty tackles Noonan in Dáil on mortgage distress
Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, tackled finance minister, Michael Noonan TD during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today on the mortgage crisis and the need to protect the homes of people in mortgage arrears from the banks.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Minister, yesterday Government announced its latest response to the mortgage crisis.
“After two years of doing nothing and seeing the number of those in arrears nearly double under this government, yesterday’s announcement has repeated the mistakes of the past.
“Has the government not learned the lesson that the banks will do, at best, the bare minimum and at worst exacerbate the problem of those in mortgage distress because the last two years has clearly shown this to be the case?
“Yet the plan unveiled yesterday does exactly the same thing and it does not protect the family home.
“Minister, why once again despite all of the evidence have you allowed the banks to have the final say?”