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Adams calls for support for Sinn Féin Bill on rent certainty and homelessness

1 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the government to support his party’s legislation on rent certainty and prevention of homelessness, which will be debated in the Dáil this evening during private members time.

Deputy Adams said one year after the death of Jonathan Corrie outside Leinster House the homeless situation has spiralled out of control.

Deputy Adams said;

“The Government must introduce measures to deal with the homelessness crisis which has spiralled out of control in the year since the death of Jonathan Corrie.

“Sinn Féin has brought forward the Rent Certainty and Prevention of Homelessness Bill which will be debated in the Dáil during our private members time this evening.

“It will be the last opportunity for the Government to do something positive and constructive to help those who are homeless and those who are at risk of homelessness.

“The Sinn Féin Bill seeks to introduce rent certainty by linking rents to the rate of inflation and to limit rent increases over a period of time.

“It also seeks to update the definition of homelessness and to put an onus on local authorities to work to prevent families from losing their homes.

“The Government promised 1000 social housing units this year but have only delivered 20 in the first six months of 2015. In their five years in Government they have built less homes for social housing, than was built in any single year during the preceding decade.

“The solution to the housing crisis is to build houses and it is clearly Government policy not to do this.

“These are practical and constructive measures that the Government could take today if it had the political will to do so. I am urging the Government to support this bill when it comes before them this evening.”

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