Social housing can be solved without sale of sale of state assets – Colreavy
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that two wrongs do not make a right when it comes to the sale of state assets for the use of development of social housing.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, today announced as part of his budget statement that funds from the sale of Bord Gáis Energy will be used for the development of social housing.
“While it must be welcomed that the government are finally making some small effort to develop social housing in Ireland, it still does not justify the selling of state assets.
“It is also ironic that it is a Labour minister who glorifies the sale of state assets when it is not long ago that at a Labour Party conference, members of the Labour Party sent a clear message to their leadership that state assets should not be privatised.
“There is a clear need to develop public goods such as social housing but this should be funded in a progressive manner such as ones outlined in Sinn Féin’s pre-budget submission.
“The fire-sale of state assets is not the answer to the government’s failure to introduce progressive tax measures.
“Minister Michael Noonan missed an opportunity today in his budget address where he did not include offshore oil and gas as part of a general tax review of our marine resources.
“Offshore oil and gas could provide a progressive source of taxation to the Irish exchequer.
“People will be now fearful that Irish Water could be privatised in order to pay for public services, despite the governments protestations to the contrary.”