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Mary Lou McDonald TD calls on Tánaiste to ensure that eviction threats to RAS tenants are stopped

16 October, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has acknowledged the decision of Tánaiste Joan Burton to investigate the threatening letters sent to Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) tenants, by Wicklow County Council, which stated that non-payment of water charges could result in eviction

Deputy McDonald said:

“I raised the matter with the Tánaiste today in the Dáil. I told her that she must have known that these threats were going to be issued. I asked her to guarantee that no more of these letters would be sent out.

“However, in her response, Joan Burton tried to pass the buck. She failed to offer any assurances to RAS tenants, who cannot pay water charges, that they will not be faced with eviction.

 “I think it is deplorable that such bully-boy tactics are being used to intimidate hard-pressed families, many of whom simply do not have the money to pay.

“The Tánaiste must now assume responsibility and take action to ensure that such an approach is brought to end.

 “She must also address concerns that recipients of rent allowance and those in private rented accommodation could face similar threats of eviction due to any inability to pay water charges.”

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