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Tánaiste has a responsibility to assure tenants that they will not be evicted - Mary Lou McDonald TD

17 October, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has reiterated her call for Tánaiste Joan Burton to assure RAS tenants, those in receipt of rent allowance and people in privately rented accommodation that they will not be evicted from their homes for not paying water charges.

Deputy McDonald said;

“I acknowledge that Joan Burton has said that she will be investigating the letters that were sent to RAS tenants by Wicklow County Council in which the threats were made.

“However, she has yet to assure such tenants that they will not be evicted from their homes should they not pay water charges.

“I honestly think that the Tánaiste doesn’t get it.

“She doesn’t seem to get that many people simply can’t afford to pay. It will be the charge that breaks a great number of families.

“Rather than acknowledging this reality and scrapping water charges, this government has deemed it appropriate to bully these families with threats of eviction should they not pay.

“This approach has created a real fear amongst hard-pressed families who know that they will not be able to pay these charges.

“Her failure to allay these fears further demonstrates that the Tánaiste is out of touch with ordinary people right across this state.

“Joan Burton has a clear responsibility to assure these families that they will not be evicted from their homes.”

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