Tuffy’s ‘disingenuous’ comments on social housing ‘ring hollow’- Cllr Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has criticised Labour TD Joanna Tuffy’s recent comments on social housing as ‘disingenuous’. The Clondalkin Councillor said the TDs comments will ‘ring hollow for the thousands of families on the waiting lists in South Dublin and the hundreds of families made homeless by the Labour party’s failures in Government.’
Ó Broin said:
‘Last week Labour TD Joanna Tuffy welcomed the announcement of a public private partnership in Corkage Grange, Clondalkin to provide social housing. She also claimed that the Government were providing hundreds of millions of euros to local authorities through low interest loans via the Housing Finance Agency.
‘Deputy Tuffys comments are disingenuous and ring hollow for the thousands of families on the waiting lists and the hundreds of families made homeless by the Labour party’s failures in Government.
‘Firstly Councils can-not borrow from the Housing Finance Agency because of government borrowing rules. Sinn Féin has been campaigning for years to access these funds but to date the Government hasn’t listened.
‘Secondly Councillors on South Dublin County Council have neither seen nor agreed any plans for social housing in Corkagh Grange in Clondalklin.
‘Last week’s announcement by Minister Alan Kelly and Deputy Joanna Tuffy have nothing to do with meeting the growing housing need in South Dublin. It was all about making the Labour TDs look good in the run up to the general election.
‘The reality is that under Fine Gael and Labour social housing construction has ground to a halt. Labour slashed social housing funding in 2011 and 2012.
‘Last October the Minister for Environment announced a reversal of these cuts. Yet to date South Dublin County Council has still not received funding to build houses that have been shovel ready since 2013.
‘Meanwhile the government’s failure to tackle spiralling rents is making more and more families homeless. We now have the appalling situation of families waiting weeks to access emergency accommodation.
‘The solution to our deepening housing crisis is serious investment in social housing and real rent certainty. Neither Minister Kelly nor Deputy Tuffy are delivering either of these.
‘In fact homelessness is now Government policy. The daily increase in homelessness is a direct result of the refusal of Labour and Fine Gael to invest in a local authority led social housing construction programme and legislation to link private rents to the consumer price index.’