More uncertainty for families in Fingal- Louise O’Reilly
Sinn Féin election candidate for Dublin Fingal, Louise O'Reilly, has today criticised the much hyped and long overdue government announcement for the rental sector.
"Far from rent certainty and rent freezes the new measures announced by Minister Alan Kelly will provide little comfort for families in Fingal who are renting.
“The measures announced by the Minister add little to the protections that are already in place and are already failing families in this constituency.
“The Minister has failed to address the issues faced by families on a daily basis and while there may not be an increase for a small number of renters for two years it is almost certain that there will be rent hikes in the short term and when the rent increases do occur there is no limit - on these increases.
“Families who are relying on social welfare will see no increase in the levels for availing of rent allowance and without this essential measure they are as much at risk of homelessness as they were before this announcement.
“The Minister has clearly capitulated to the demands of Fine Gael and has utterly failed to stands up for tenants and those who are at risk of homelessness. This announcement represents a missed opportunity"