When will Minister Kelly deliver action on housing as promised? – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD demanded that promises made by Minister Alan Kelly on rent controls and rent freezes be acted upon.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“We heard this morning that the rents in this city were at the boom-time level even though the rent supplement was out of touch with the rents being demanded, that is, some €300 less than the average rent for an apartment and €400 less than the average rent for a house.
“The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Kelly, promised action on radio this morning, yet the legislative programme that was published yesterday and which I have perused – and contains nothing in that regard. Will the Minister pursue legislation on rent controls or rent freezes, which was what he mentioned?
“For four and a half years, the Government has discussed making changes, yet the rent supplement budget has been cut by €200 million in that time and the mortgage interest supplement budget has been cut from €77 million to €12 million.
“What legislative action will be taken to address a crisis that is going through the roof? Many people do not even have a roof for it to go through.”